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Dr Malcolm N MacDonald


Associate Professor

Centre for Applied Linguistics

University of Warwick

Coventry CV4 7AL

Office: S0.41

Tel: +44(0)24 765 24250

Email: M dot N dot MacDonald at warwick dot ac dot uk

Research Interests

Malcolm's research interests lie in two areas: intercultural communication and discourse analysis. Malcolm's interest in the field of intercultural communication emerged from the design and delivery of an undergraduate course in British Studies. MacDonald (1998, 2000) and MacDonald & Spiro (2008) reports on a creative writing dimension to this course, while MacDonald et al (2009) draws on hermeneutic accounts of readings, especially reader response theory, to challenge explanations of intercultural reading of literary texts based on schema theory. More recently, Malcolm has explored the ethics of intercultural communication, drawing on the works of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas. With regard to discourse analysis, MacDonald (2002, 2009) drew on the work of Halliday, Bernstein and Foucault to examine the recontextualisation that takes place in relation to institutional context as medical knowledge is produced, transmitted and reproduced within three genres of medical discourse: the research paper, the textbook and the medical interview. Malcolm is at present undertaking an exploration of the discourse of security and counter-terrorism terrorism in the UK, EU and USA. Malcolm is also Editor of the SSCI listed journal Language and Intercultural Communication (LAIC). Malcolm particularly welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD candidates in the fields of Intercultural Communication or Applied Linguistics who are interested in researching: ethics and intercultural communication; the discourse of security; and other forms of institutional discourse.


Malcolm has been engaged in language teaching and applied linguistics for over 30 years. His particular interest, both theoretically and practically, has been in the relationship between discourse and professional and institutional working contexts and cultures. After gaining a BA in English Language and Literature (Durham), Malcolm gained hands-on experience in a co-operative automotive engineering SME in St Pauls, Bristol; and then as manager of a Youth Training Scheme which constructed and provided facilities for play and therapy around the city's parks and special needs institutions. After gaining a Cert TEFL (International House, Hastings), Malcolm taught went on to teach ESP in the National Youth Service (Rep. Seychelles). After returning to Bristol to do his MEd at the Graduate School of Education, Malcolm then taught English for Medical Purposes in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kuwait. This led to the focus of his PhD (Warwick Institute of Education) which he began while taking a year out in Cornwall during the First Gulf War. Malcolm then relocated to School of Accountancy and Business, NTU, Singapore, where he taught Business English while completing his PhD. Within UK Higher Education, Malcolm worked for almost ten years in CELT, University of Stirling where he latterly directed the MSc TESOL. He then spent a year tutoring on the MLitt TESOL at the ELT Centre, University of St Andrews. Before coming to Warwick, Malcolm taught on the MEd and EdD TESOL programmes at the Graduate School of Education, Exeter, where he went on to direct various strands of the EdD programme and supervise many doctoral students. Malcolm has been working at CAL since 2010.

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