Dr Sarah Catherine Boye

sarah.boye@ubd.edu.bn

Assistant Professor, Language Centre



               

Sarah Boye has worked in English language education for many years. She was a lecturer at the LMU Munich University in Germany from 2007 to 2016. She has taught English as a first, second, and foreign language in the U.K., South Africa, Germany and now Brunei. She completed her Ph.D in intercultural competence and foreign language learning in 2015 at the LMU in Munich. She is now Assistant Professor of English, and Programme Leader for the English and communications skills programme at the Language Centre, UBD.

EDUCATION

University of Glasgow: M.A. (Hons) English Language and Sociology - 2002
University of Sheffield: P.G.C.E. English and Drama - 2004
University of Munich LMU: PhD Intercultural Language Education - 2015

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Intercultural language education; EMI in plurilingual contexts

FUTURE PROJECTS

Perceptions of EMI among ESL higher education students in Brunei

The study seeks to add to the growing body of knowledge regarding EMI in higher education, and focus on student perspectives, which until now have been under-explored. The study can contribute to the growing literature on EMI, an emerging area of research in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) disciplines.


Applications Invited

Teachers' and Learners' perceptions of classroom language learning tasks

The overarching purpose of this research is to aid in understanding the causes of failure and success in language teaching classrooms. While most research in this area focuses on teacher action, teacher beliefs, methods, syllabus, materials development etc., the aim of this research is to investigate how school-aged learners see the language classroom and, by reference to similar data gathered from teachers, investigate the extent to which there may be a difference in perceptions of purpose, value/usefulness and expectations. The research is situated within phenomenology, specifically linked to Personal Construct Theory, and utilizes repertory grids as a means of gathering data and stimulating learner and teacher expression of how they see the classroom. This initial study, intended as a pilot for larger, broader research plans, focuses on secondary school learners in Brunei and their teachers.


Applications Invited
2

Scopus Publications

Scopus Publications

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Boye, S., Gardiner, I.A., & Littlejohn, A, (forthcoming). 'Makes head hurt': School-aged learners' perceptions in the language classroom. SYSTEM.

Gardiner, I. A., Littlejohn, A., & Boye, S. (Forthcoming). Issues in researching learners’ perceptions: the use of repertory grid technique. Language Teaching Research.

Boye, S. (2019). Diagnostic Tool and Miracle Cure: The Potential of Tongue Twisters in Pronunciation Instruction. In E. Thaler, D. Ruisz & P. Rauschert (Eds). Living Language Learning. Tuebingen: Narr.

Gardiner, I. A., Boye, S., Salleh, S. M., & Yusof, N. (2018). English teacher preparation in Brunei Darussalam: An overview of the Master of Teaching programme from multiple perspectives. In S. Zein & R. Stroupe (Eds). English Language teacher preparation in Asia: Policy, research and practice. Singapore: Routledge.

Boye, S., & Byram, M. (2018). Language awareness and the acquisition of intercultural communicative competence. In P. Garrett & J. M. Cots (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness. London: Routledge.

TOP PUBLICATIONS

Boye, S., Gardiner, I.A., & Littlejohn, A, (forthcoming). 'Makes head hurt': School-aged learners' perceptions in the language classroom. SYSTEM.

Gardiner, I. A., Littlejohn, A., & Boye, S. (Forthcoming). Issues in researching learners’ perceptions: the use of repertory grid technique. Language Teaching Research.

Boye, S., & Byram, M. (2018). Language awareness and the acquisition of intercultural communicative competence. In P. Garrett & J. M. Cots (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness. London: Routledge.

Gardiner, I. A., Boye, S., Salleh, S. M., & Yusof, N. (2018). English teacher preparation in Brunei Darussalam: An overview of the Master of Teaching programme from multiple perspectives. In S. Zein & R. Stroupe (Eds). English Language teacher preparation in Asia: Policy, research and practice. Singapore: Routledge.

Boye, S. (2016). Intercultural communicative competence and short stays abroad: Perceptions of development. Muenster: Waxmann.

CONSULTANCY

Active in the English consultancy provided by the Language Centre

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Has industry experience (i.e. school teaching)