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Position/Status

Assistant Professor in Second Language Education

Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

184 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PQ, UK

Faculty of Education staff Profile: https://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/people/staff/dao/

E-mail Address

pd543@cam.ac.uk

Phone

+ 44 (0)1223

Phung Dao is assistant professor in Second Language Education at the Faculty of Education,University of Cambridge, where he teaches on MPhil/MEd courses in Research in Second Language Education (RSLE). Before joining the University of Cambridge, Phung was a senior Lecturer in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University, teaching undergraduate/postgraduate courses and supervising PhD students in TESOL/Applied Linguistics. He also taught undergraduate/postgraduate courses in Applied Linguistics at University of Queensland (Australia), Concordia University (Canada) and An Giang University (Vietnam). His research interests focus on technology for language teaching, instructed second language acquisition (ISLA), peer interaction, learner engagement, Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT), L2 pedagogy, and L2 teacher education. His publications appear in international peer-reviewed Applied Linguistic journals such as Modern Language Journal, TESOL Quarterly, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Teaching, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Language Teaching Research, Applied Linguistics Review, TESOL Journal, System, Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, Language Learning Journal, IRAL and among others.

Areas of research interests

My research interests are situated in the general area of applied linguistics, more specifically second language (L2) acquisition and technology for L2 learning and teaching. My current research focus is to investigate how learner engagement in peer interaction (both face-to-face and computer-mediated communication) positively contributes to the learning of EFL/ESL and how teachers facilitate this face-to-face and technology-enhanced interaction within the context of classroom. The goal of this research line is to investigate how researchers and instructors can promote effective interaction by exploring which task features, implementation condition, and cognitive, social and contextual factors affect this learning process. Areas of research interests are below.

  • Instructed second language acquisition
  • Language and technology
  • Learner engagement
  • Peer interaction
  • Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT)
  • Second language pedagogy
  • Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC)
  • Language Teacher Education

PhD supervision: I welcome prospective doctoral students that intend to work on the following research themes/areas:

Language and technology; Classroom second language acquisition; Peer interaction; Learner engagement; Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT); Second language pedagogy; Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC); Teacher Education

 

Current projects

Books (under contract)

  • Monograph: Learner engagement in online second language class. London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Understanding L2 classroom interaction: A guide for language teachers. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. Collaborate with Noriko Iwashita & Mai Nguyen

Current funded research projects:

  • 2023-2024: English in a multilingual world: Exploring the characteristics of Vietnamese English and its implications for classroom practice. Funding (£20,000) by British Council-Vietnam. Co- Investigator
  • 2022-2023: A landscape review of online English Language Teaching at public schools in Vietnam. (£20,000)-(Principal investigator). Funded by British Council.
  • 2022-2023: “IELTS Juniors” in Vietnam: Perceptions of Key Stakeholders—Young Learners, Parents and Course Providers (14,000AUD)-(Principal investigator). Funded by IDP IELTS Australia.
  • 2022-2023: Continuing professional development for school-level English language teachers in Vietnam through Teacher Activity Groups: An identity-focused approach. Teacher Activity Group (TAG) (£20,000)-(Co-investigator)

Past funded research projects:

  • Effects of SCMC mode and interlocutor familiarity on learner engagement (2019-2021). Language Learning’s Early Career Researcher Grant ($10,000USD).
  • Effect of pronunciation instruction on L2 learners’ listening comprehension (2017-2018). English-language Researcher/Practitioner Grant Program. TOEFL Education Testing Service (ETS), USA ($5,000USD) co-awarded with Huy Nguyen and Mai Nguyen

Expert reviewer for peer-reviewed journals

  • Applied Linguistics
  • TESOL Quarterly
  • Modern Language Journal
  • Language Teaching Research 
  • Annual Review of Applied Linguistics
  • Pedagogies: An International Journal
  • Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching
  • System (An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics)
  • TESOL Journal
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • International Journal of Applied Linguistics
  • International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
  • Applied Linguistics Review
  • TESL Canada
  • Language Awareness
  • Teacher and Teaching Education
  • Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching
  • Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics
  • International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL)
  • Invited book reviewer for Taylor & Francis/Routledge (Publisher)

Grants, scholarships and awards

  • English Language Teaching Research Award (ELTRA) - British Council  (2019),
  • Language Learning’s Early Career Researcher (2019),
  • IELTS Joint-funded Research Programme (2019)
  • TOEFL English-language Researcher/Practitioner-ETS (2018)
  • TOEFL Award for Student Research on Task-Based Language Teaching (2015),
  • Concordia University Conference and Exposition Award (2015-2017)
  • Concordia Graduate Student Mobility Award (2015-2016)
  • Concordia University Full Tuition Recruitment Award (2014-2017)
  • Australian Development Award/Scholarship for MA in TESOL (2011-2012)

 

Biography

PhD in Applied Linguistics, Concordia University, Canada (2017)

MA in Applied Linguistics, The University of Queensland, Australia (2012)

BA in Language Teaching, An Giang University, Vietnam (2007)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Publications

Key publications: 

Peer-reviewed journal articles and edited book chapters

Research reports

Dao, P. & Nguyen, M. (2022). K–12 Vietnamese learners’ oral peer feedback in classroom L2 task-based interaction in English as a Foreign Language: frequency, characteristics and influencing factors. British Council English Language Teaching Research Award (ELTRA).

Nguyen, H., Nguyen M. XNC, & Dao, P. (2020). The impact of IELTS on teachers in Central Vietnam. IELTS Joint-Funded Research–British Council—IDP IELTS Australia.

Dao, P. (2021). Effects of SCMC mode and interlocutor familiarity on learner engagement. Language Learning’s Early Career Researcher report.

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Room 3S22
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184 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PQ
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