English Language and Linguistics MA Student wins British Council Award

Kate Armstrong, an MA student in the Department of English Language and Linguistics, has won a commendation for her dissertation from the British Council.

Kate Armstrong MA TESOL by Distance Learning

Kate studied our MA TESOL course by distance learning and is an English Lecturer working at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Salalah, Oman. Kate’s dissertation looked at the different types of gestures used by English language teachers and the role that they play.

The judges felt that the research “has the potential to widely impact teaching practises as it allows teachers to look at the gestures they use and the effect they have on their learners”.

Kate developed an interest in body language and gestures when she was an undergraduate studying psychology. She said “When I did the psycholinguistics module on the distance programme, I thought: Wow, there's so much that has yet to be discovered and understood!”

The Department would like to congratulate Kate on receiving this award.