Richard Nickalls SFHEA PhD (to be conferred July 2020)

Richard Nickalls

eLearning Resources Coordinator & EAP Tutor
Presessional Coordinator

Contact details

Address
Birmingham International Academy
46 Priorsfield
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

I have worked at the University of Birmingham International Academy since January 2008, where I currently have responsibilty for developing various digital independent learning resources in addition to my teaching and coordinating role.  I coordinate the postgraduate presessional EAP PG programme in the summer.   I lead the Academic English and Communicating in Science module in semester 1 (within the Integrated PhD Life Sciences Doctoral Training Programme).  I also supervise Masters students on the ELAL Distance MA programmes. 

Qualifications

  • Senior Fellow Higher Education
  • PhD (to be conferred July 2020, University of Birmingham)
  • MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Birmingham)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Modern Language Teaching (University of York)
  • IOL Diploma in Modern Languages (University of York)
  • BSc (Hons) in Business Administration (University of Cardiff)
  • RSA CELTA

Biography

I have taught in Schools and Universities in England, France, Switzerland, Germany and South America. In Germany (2003-2007) I taught at the Leibniz University while also working as an IELTS examiner and setting up a small enterprise which trained private companies throughout the Hanover region.

Teaching

I usually teach on the following programmes:

  • Japanese School Teacher Programme (eLearning for High School Teachers)
  • Insessional services for current University students
  • Foundation Programme (Advanced Academic English)
  • ELAL MA Distance Learning Programme (tutor and supervisor)
  • PhD/MSc Thesis Writing for Science, Engineering and Medicine

I also coordinate the Postgraduate Presessional (10-Week Programme)

Doctoral research

PhD title
Nickalls, R. (2019) How definite are we about the English article system? Chinese learners, L1 interference and the teaching of articles in English for academic purposes programmes, PhD thesis, University of Birmingham.

Other activities

With HEFi funding I developed the University's 'Assess your Academic English!' diagnostic assessment. 

Research Interests

My research interests include learner corpora, the effects of L1 upon Second Language Acquisition, Cognitive Linguistics,  e-Learning and the teaching of grammar. 

Publications

  • Academic Research Project Handbook  - B1 –  (2012) EISU, University of Birmingham.
  • Academic Research Project Handbook - B2 – (2012) EISU, University of Birmingham.
  • Maxwell, H., Mottura, A., Nickalls, R., Nightingale, K., Sjoberg, J. (2014) ‘Literature review: Developing E- and Blended Learning Approaches for International Students’, University of Birmingham Teaching and Learning Journal, Vol. 1 No. 1, ISSN 2057-2069, pp.11-15.
  • Nickalls, R. (2011) 'How definite are we about articles in English? A study of L2 learners' English article interlanguage during a university presessional English course'. Proceedings from the 2011 Corpus Linguistics Conference, #92 available from the University of Birmingham [online] Centre for Corpus Research Website.
  • Nickalls, R. (2019) How definite are we about the English article system? Chinese learners, L1 interference and the teaching of articles in English for academic purposes programmes, PhD thesis, University of Birmingham.
  • Nickalls, R. (2020) 'MicroCPD: Assess your Academic English' (Case Study). Available at:  https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/hefi/news/2020/01/MicroCPD-Assess-your-Academic-English.aspx (Accessed: 13 January 2020).