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Helena Wall


I am a doctoral researcher in Applied Linguistics. My research interests include oracy education and assessment, mLearning and blended learning, human-AI interaction, embodiment and (digital) space and place.

Alongside my PhD, I have worked as a research assistant for the Department of Computer Science and the Joint Council and Senate Advisory Group at Warwick. I am a member of the Project Team at the Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN) as Project Officer and PGR Student Representative (2019-present). In addition, I am Cluster Leader of the Space, Place, and the City MITN research cluster (2020-present) and I volunteered as Group Leader of the 'Education and Integration (sanctuary, language and youth)' thematic group for the Sanctuary Month of the Coventry City of Culture Resonate Festival.

Outside Warwick, I am a reviewer for Computers & Education, an Elsevier journal of research on computer use in education.

I achieved a First Class (Hons) in BA Language, Culture and Communication at the Centre for Applied Linguistics (2015-2018), before progressing straight to PhD (2018-present). I designed and conducted a number of assessed research projects within my degree course, including my dissertation project on perception and performance of professional competence, which I published in Reinvention: an International Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Alongside my degree I conducted two separate research projects on mobile technology use in face-to-face interaction in group learning and other social contexts, for which I was granted competitive funding from the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS). I qualified as a Digichamp and a Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) Student Learning and Teaching Champion through my involvement in the creation of the Research Skills Hub, a research skills eLearning resource for Warwick undergraduates consisting of a series of interactive webinars. I collaborated within a student-led team to design and deliver the webinars. The project received competitive funding from WIHEA.

Through these undergraduate projects, I gained my first experiences exploring challenges and enablers in HE pedagogy. These experiences inspired my interest in pedagogy and have informed my teaching practices in designing and delivering module seminars and professional development workshops to students of all levels alongside my PhD.

Current Research

My PhD research explores the assessment of oracy (skills in spoken language) in children aged 4-5. My goal is to improve our understanding of how oracy is assessed by the teacher through classroom interactions and translate this understanding to the design of oracy assessment resources for use by teachers in the classroom.


Wall, H. H. (2020), Early years oracy assessment: Developing an assessment for implementation in classroom settings. Extended Abstracts from BAAL 2019.

Wall, H. H. (2019), 'Perceptions of Professional Competence in the Context of an Office-Based Workplace', Reinvention: an International Journal of Undergraduate Research, Volume 12, Issue 1,

Conference Presentations

  • Presenter – 9th-11th September 2021, British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) 2021 Annual Conference, ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Applied Linguistics’, Northumbria University.
  • Presenter – 28th-30th June, 23rd Warwick International Conference in Applied Linguistics (WICAL), University of Warwick.
  • Presenter – 23rd-24th April 2021, 8th Education Studies PGR Conference, University of Warwick.
  • Speaker – 4th February 2021, EUTOPIA Multilingualism and Diversity Cross-University Linguistic Landscaping Workshop, Cergy Paris Université.
  • Speaker – 27th January 2021, Applied Linguistics Seminar Series, University of Warwick.
  • Invited speaker – 29th-30th September 2020, International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) 2020, University of Warwick.
  • Presenter – 25th September 2020, BAAL Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group (TEASIG) 2020 Conference, The Open University
  • Presenter – 29th-31st August 2019, BAAL 2019 Annual Conference, ‘Broadening the Horizons of Applied Linguistics’, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Presenter – 19th June 2019, Research Harambee, University of Warwick
  • Presenter – 7th November 2018, URSS Showcase, University of Warwick
  • Presenter – 25th-26th September 2018, ICUR 2018, University of Warwick
  • Presenter – 27th-28th June 2018, 21st WICAL, University of Warwick
  • Presenter – 15th November 2018, URSS Showcase, University of Warwick
  • Presenter – 26th-27th September 2017, ICUR 2017, University of Warwick
  • Presenter – 27th-29th June 2017, 20th WICAL, University of Warwick
  • Presenter – 4th-6th July 2017, Higher Education Academy Annual Conference 2017 Generation TEF: Teaching in the Spotlight, University of Manchester
  • Presenter – 3rd July 2017, Learning and Teaching Showcase 2017, University of Warwick


Collaborated to design and deliver content;

  • Research Methods, MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (2020) and MSc Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions (2019-2020)

Delivered content;

  • Go Global Intercultural Awareness, World at Warwick (2019-2020)
  • Capital Normal University Doctoral Development Programme (2019)
  • Intercultural Pragmatics at Work, Hong Kong Open University Summer School in Intercultural Pragmatics (2019)

Pastoral Support

Volunteer for Applied Linguistics PhD Buddy Scheme, University of Warwick (2020-present)

Helena Wall

Helena Wall