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Dr Alessia Cogo

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PositionLecturer in Sociolinguistics
Email a.cogo (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7046
Dr Alessia Cogo

Alessia is a lecturer in applied linguistics/sociolinguistics at Goldsmiths and convenes the MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education.

Her research investigates the diversity of English, especially transcultural and transnational phenomena like English as a Lingua Franca and translanguaging. She focuses on the tensions between the use of different linguistic resources and the impact of attitudes, identities and ideologies on linguistic practices. She is currently working on super-diversity and internationalization in migration and business contexts, as well as pedagogical applications and implications.

She is founder and co-convenor of the  AILA Research Network on English as a Lingua Franca and Editor of the English Language Teaching Journal

Teaching 

  • EN52230A Varieties of English
  • EN52296A Language Learning and Teaching
  • EN71078B English in a Multilingual World
  • EN71097A English as a Lingua Franca and Language Teaching (new module running from 2016/17)

Alessia is the Programme Convenor and Admission Tutor for the MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education

Areas of supervision

  • English as a Lingua Franca
  • Multilingualism
  • Intercultural communication
  • Internationalization    

Featured work

If you’d like to know more about Alessia’s work on English as a Lingua Franca,  you can read an introductory paper on ELF here:

  • Special Keynote speaker at the International Workshop on English as a Lingua Franca, Waseda University (Japan), 13-14 November 2015. "Conceptualizing the multilingual approach to ELF: a corpus-driven investigation".
  • Invited keynote speaker at the University of Verona (Italy), 4 November 2014. “Super-diversity and ELF: a focus on multilingual practices”.
  • Invited plenary speaker at the Sixth International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca, University of Roma tre (Italy), 4-7 September 2013. “Fluidity and repertoires: the superdiversity of ELF in professional contexts”.
  • Invited plenary speaker at the Third International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca, May 2010, University of Vienna (Austria). “Constructing and negotiating understanding in ELF”.

 

Research Interests

English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)

I am interested in ELF sociolinguistic description and conceptualisation, as well as the language ideologies and identities intercultural users construct in different contexts. I have done empirical work on the communication processes and strategies that intercultural speakers use in different contexts, especially accommodation and multilingual resources. I am now developing this across different communication areas, especially workplace, migration and educational contexts.

I have worked on the attitudes towards the notion of ELF, ELF communication and speakers, the links with language ideologies and identities, and their implications for language policy and language learning. At the moment I am also working on the discursive construction of identities in ELF professional and migration contexts, especially translanguaging and the construction of professional identity in naturally occurring conversation, interviews and focus groups.

I am co-founder and co-coordinator, with Marie-Luise Pitzl from the University of Vienna, of the AILA Research Network on ELF (for more information see the ReN on ELF website).

Multilingualism

Multilingualism from a sociocultural and sociolinguistic perspective. I am particularly interested in translanguaging practices in spontaneous talk and the speakers’ construction of identities through these practices. I have worked on the interface between English as a Lingua Franca and multilingualism from various perspectives. From 2008 to 2010 I worked on a European FP7 project on multilingualism, LINEE (Languages in a Network of European Excellence) and investigated English in Europe, especially the learning, use, and perception of ‘multicompetence’ and ‘English as a lingua franca’ in educational contexts. 

Internationalization

I am interested in the processes and practices of internationalization at university from a linguistic and critical perspective. I am conducting a project concerning internationalization of the curriculum and teaching/assessment practices.

I am also interested in the broader internationalization agenda in higher education institutions across the world and the phenomenon of English Medium Instruction (EMI).    

Publications

Book

Analysing English as a Lingua Franca: a Corpus-driven Investigation
Cogo, Alessia and Dewey, Martin. 2012. Analysing English as a Lingua Franca: a Corpus-driven Investigation. London: Continuum. ISBN 9781441154965

Edited Book

International Perspectives on English as a Lingua Franca: pedagogical insights
Bowles, Hugo and Cogo, Alessia, eds. 2015. International Perspectives on English as a Lingua Franca: pedagogical insights. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137398079

Latest Trends in ELF Research
Archibald, Alasdair; Cogo, Alessia and Jenkins, Jennifer, eds. 2011. Latest Trends in ELF Research. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4438-3299-1

Book Section

Visibility and absence: ideologies of ‘diversity’ in BELF.
Cogo, Alessia. 2016. Visibility and absence: ideologies of ‘diversity’ in BELF. In: Marie-Luise Pitzl and Ruth Osimk-Teasdale, eds. English as a Lingua Franca: Perspectives and Prospects. Contributions in Honour of Barbara Seidlhofer. 24 Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, pp. 39-48. ISBN 978-1-5015-0317-7

English as a Lingua Franca in Europe
Cogo, Alessia. 2016. English as a Lingua Franca in Europe. In: Andrew Linn, ed. Investigating English in Europe. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 79-89. ISBN 978-1-61451-890-7

Cultural elements in English as a Lingua Franca
Cogo, Alessia. 2016. Cultural elements in English as a Lingua Franca. In: J. Liontas, ed. The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley.

“They all take the risk and make the effort”: Intercultural accommodation and multilingualism in a BELF community of practice
Cogo, Alessia. 2016. “They all take the risk and make the effort”: Intercultural accommodation and multilingualism in a BELF community of practice. In: L. Lopriore and E. Grazzi, eds. Intercultural Communication: New Perspectives from ELF. Roma: Roma TrE-Press.

English as a Lingua Franca: descriptions, domains and applications
Cogo, Alessia. 2015. English as a Lingua Franca: descriptions, domains and applications. In: Hugo Bowles and Alessia Cogo, eds. International Perspectives on English as a Lingua Franca: pedagogical insights. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137398079

‘French is French, English is English’: standard language ideology in ELF debates
Cogo, Alessia. 2012. ‘French is French, English is English’: standard language ideology in ELF debates. In: Patrick Studer and Iwar Werlen, eds. Linguistic Diversity in Europe. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 233-256. ISBN 978-3-11-027088-4

L’ identità e appartenenza nella pragmatica dell’ inglese come lingua franca (ELF)
Cogo, Alessia. 2011. L’ identità e appartenenza nella pragmatica dell’ inglese come lingua franca (ELF). In: R. Bombi; M. D’Agostino; S. Dal Negro and M. Franceschini, eds. Lingue e culture in contatto. Atti del X Congresso dell’AItLA (Bolzano, 18-19 febbraio 2010). Perugia: Guerra edizioni, pp. 105-123.

Accommodating difference in ELF Conversations: A study of pragmatic strategies
Cogo, Alessia. 2009. Accommodating difference in ELF Conversations: A study of pragmatic strategies. In: Anna Mauranen and Elina Ranta, eds. English as a Lingua Franca: Studies and Findings. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 254-273. ISBN 978-1-4438-1296-2

Symposium on Intercultural Communication
Cogo, Alessia; Dewey, ; Althehenger-Smith, ; Suzuki, and Philips, . 2006. Symposium on Intercultural Communication. In: Briony Beaven, ed. IATEFL 2006 Harrogate Conference Selections. IATEFL. ISBN 978-1901095098

Article

Conceptualizing ELF as a translanguaging phenomenon: Covert and overt resources in a transnational workplace
Cogo, Alessia. 2016. Conceptualizing ELF as a translanguaging phenomenon: Covert and overt resources in a transnational workplace. Waseda Working papers in ELF, 5, pp. 61-77.

Pre-empting and signalling non-understanding in ELF
Cogo, Alessia and Pitzl, Marie-Luise. 2016. Pre-empting and signalling non-understanding in ELF. ELT journal, 70(3), ISSN 0951-0893

Complexity, negotiability and ideologies: A response to Zhu, Pitzl and Kankaanranta et al.
Cogo, Alessia. 2015. Complexity, negotiability and ideologies: A response to Zhu, Pitzl and Kankaanranta et al. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, 4(1), pp. 149-155. ISSN 2191-9216

Complexity, negotiability and ideologies: a response to Zhu, Pitzl, and Kankaanranta et al.
Cogo, Alessia. 2015. Complexity, negotiability and ideologies: a response to Zhu, Pitzl, and Kankaanranta et al. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, 4(1), pp. 149-155. ISSN 2191-933X

ELF and super-diversity: a case study of ELF multilingual practices from a business context
Cogo, Alessia. 2012. ELF and super-diversity: a case study of ELF multilingual practices from a business context. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, 1(2), pp. 287-313. ISSN 2191-933X

English as a Lingua Franca: concepts, use, and implications
Cogo, Alessia. 2012. English as a Lingua Franca: concepts, use, and implications. ELT journal, 66(1), pp. 97-105. ISSN 0951-0893

Review of developments in research into English as a lingua franca
Jenkins, Jennifer; Cogo, Alessia and Dewey, Martin. 2011. Review of developments in research into English as a lingua franca. Language Teaching, 44(3), pp. 281-315. ISSN 0261-4448

Embedding academic writing instruction into subject teaching: A case study
Wingate, Ursula; Andon, Nick and Cogo, Alessia. 2011. Embedding academic writing instruction into subject teaching: A case study. Active Learning in Higher Education, 12(1), pp. 69-81. ISSN 1469-7874

Strategic use and Perceptions of English as a Lingua Franca
Cogo, Alessia. 2010. Strategic use and Perceptions of English as a Lingua Franca. Poznán Studies in Contemporary Linguistics, 46(3), pp. 295-312. ISSN 0137-2459

English as a lingua franca in Europe: A mismatch between policy and practice
Cogo, Alessia and Jenkins, Jennifer. 2010. English as a lingua franca in Europe: A mismatch between policy and practice. European Journal of Language Policy, 2(2), pp. 271-293. ISSN 1757-6822

Adopting an ELF perspective in ELT
Dewey, Martin and Cogo, Alessia. 2009. Adopting an ELF perspective in ELT. IATEFL Voices(199), ISSN 1814-3830

English as a Lingua Franca: form follows function
Cogo, Alessia. 2008. English as a Lingua Franca: form follows function. English Today, 24(3), pp. 58-61. ISSN 0266-0784

Efficiency in ELF Communication: From Pragmatic Motives to Lexico-grammatical Innovation
Cogo, Alessia and Dewey, Martin. 2006. Efficiency in ELF Communication: From Pragmatic Motives to Lexico-grammatical Innovation. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 5(2), pp. 59-93. ISSN 1502-7694