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Dr Troy McConachy



Assistant Professor


Centre for Applied Linguistics
University of Warwick

Research Interests

I work primarily within the fields of language education, intercultural communication, and intercultural education, aiming to construct theoretical and pedagogical synergies across these areas. One of my main research foci is the integration of intercultural learning into foreign language study, particularly from the perspective of meta-pragmatics. I am working on conceptualising the links between culture and language use, and how awareness of these links can constitute a form of intercultural learning. In my empirical work I use content analysis and discourse analysis to look at how intercultural understandings are constructed within the classroom as language learners interpret and reflect on aspects of language use in interaction with others. I see language textbooks (and other materials) as an agent of language (and cultural) socialisation, and therefore seek to critique problematic textbook representations of cultural and pragmatic norms and identities. I am interested in the theoretical and practical question of how (even problematic) textbooks can be used for intercultural learning, and also what textbooks designed to develop intercultural competence in language learning might need to look like. Recently, I am also interested in the internationalisation of higher education and the implications of cultural and linguistic diversity for how teaching and learning are managed.


After completing a BA in Japanese language at Griffith University in Australia in 2001, I went to Japan to begin a career in English language teaching. During the 14 years I was in Japan, I completed an MA in Applied Linguistics (UNE) and a PhD (UniSA). My PhD thesis focused on the classroom teaching and learning of meta-pragmatic awareness as a form of intercultural learning. From 2001 to 2007 I worked at various English language schools and technical colleges, then taught at some of Japan's best universities from 2007 until 2015. I joined the Centre for Applied Linguistics at Warwick in September 2015. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA). I am also Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Intercultural Communication Education (ISSN 2209-1041).


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