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Una Cunningham

Professor

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Telephone 08-120 767 02
Email una.cunningham@isd.su.se
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 E
Room E929
Postal address Institutionen för språkdidaktik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am Professor of English language education at the Dept. of Language Education at Stockholm University. I am also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Educational Studies and Leadership at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and a registered teacher of English and Spanish.

I have been working for many years in the field of language education and have conducted research on English language teaching as well as multilingualism at home, school and preschool. I am editor-in-chief of the Journal of Home Language Research, and have worked intensively to create research-based information for parents of multilingual children and professionals who meet multilingual families. My best-selling book Growing up with two languages is in its third edition with Routledge, and I am currently working on the fourth edition.

My educational interests also concern technology-supported language learning and teaching. I have worked as an educator and researcher at universities in Sweden, Spain, Poland and New Zealand, where I built a research environment in learning and teaching languages, as well as two master programs in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

Teaching

I teach a range of courses in English language and other pre-service teacher education, including degree projects and school placement courses. I also teach a Masters course in language education. For details, see the Swedish page.

Research

I am interested in many aspects of the learning and teaching of languages, and I currently enjoy educating language teachers for service in schools.

Other aspects of language learning and teaching, such as the intergenerational transmission of indigenous, minority or heritage languages, and the role of the linguistic landscape, the writing on the wall, as an enactment of formal and informal language policy continue to fascinate me.

The affordances of digital technology for our professional and private communication needs is another area of interest. My research interests lie in

  • Digitalisation in schools
  • Pre-service language teacher education
  • Multilingualism in education
  • English as a school subject in Sweden
  • Language and migration
  • Professional development of  teachers
  • Flipped education
  • Online education
  • Intergenerational transmission of minority languages
  • English-medium education
  • English for recently-arrived students

Last updated: August 20, 2019

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