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- TESOL and English Language Learning (ESL, EFL, EAL) - Academic Discourse and English for Specific Purposes - Applied Corpus Studies - Speaking Skills - English Language Learning and Migration

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Personal profile

Research Interests

My research interests are in the fields of English Language Learning and Teaching (e.g. ELT, TESOL, EAL, EAP) and Education. I am particularly interested in dialogue and interactivities in educational contexts, with a focus on the activity of speaking to investigate stance-taking, positionality, and perspective sharing. 

I am also interested in the application of research in corpus linguistics to education and have been involved in the design, development, and research of a number of spoken (academic and learner) corpora investigating the construction of knowledge in classroom contexts, speaking skills, stance-taking and language use in intercultural and multicultural contexts.

My research has also been applied to the development of community-based approaches to English Language learning for refugee families.  



I teach on the following masters and doctoral modules: Language Learning for TESOL;  Language Awareness for TESOL; TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy.

I supervise doctoral students in the following areas: English for Academic Purposes (EAP);  Computer mediated communication and English Language Learning and Teaching; Speaking Skills in EAL; English Language Learning and Resilience; Multimodality in School English Language Teaching


QUB Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence (2014)



EdD Coordinator (Professional Doctorate in Education)

MSc TESOL Coordinator

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English language Social Sciences
university Social Sciences
classroom Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences
discourse Social Sciences
language Social Sciences
student Social Sciences
speaking Social Sciences

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Projects 2008 2019

Research Output 2003 2017

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Open Access
interdisciplinary research
research project

English Language Education at University: Trends and Challenges in Teaching and Learning Academic Discourse in the UK

O'Boyle, A., Dec 2015, English Language Education in a Global World: Practices, Issues and Challenges. Wong, L. T. & Dubey-Jhaveri, A. (eds.). Nova Science Publishers, Inc, 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

language education
English language
education system
quantitative method

Dialogicality in university classroom talk

O'Boyle, A., 21 Jun 2014.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper



Queen's University Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence

Aisling O'Boyle (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2009 2019

Developing speaking and listening skills in English-medium classrooms

Aisling O'Boyle (Advisor)
11 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Initial English Language Support for Adults and Children

Aisling O'Boyle (Advisor), Safi Aini (Contributor), Susari Nugraheni (Contributor), Girindra Putri Ardana Reswari (Contributor), Rani Amrista Wijayanti (Contributor), Andri Saputra (Contributor)

Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Higher Education Academy (External organisation)

Aisling O'Boyle (Member)
01 Jul 2017

Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation

Digital data-driven English language learning

Aisling O'Boyle (Advisor)
09 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

Syrian Refugees in NI BBC Newsline Feb 2018

Aisling O'Boyle


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities



An exploration of rhetorical structure and interactional metadiscourse in architecture research articles (EdD TESOL)

Author: Chang, P., 20 Oct 2015

Supervisor: O'Boyle, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

An investigation of incidental vocabulary learning using English online consumer electronics review with undergraduates of Computer Science (EdD TESOL)

Author: Chuo, C., Jul 2017

Supervisor: O'Boyle, A. (Supervisor) & Cowan, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Using a Learners-as-Researchers approach to raising discourse awareness among high school students learning English as a Foreign Language (EdD TESOL)

Author: Chen, Y., 30 Jun 2017

Supervisor: O'Boyle, A. (Supervisor) & Lloyd, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Using Corpora with Taiwanese College Students in a Student-centred, Corpus-assisted Translation Curriculum

Author: Cheng, S., Jan 2014

Supervisor: Alexander, J. (Supervisor) & O'Boyle, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy