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Barbara Skinner

Ulster University

Dr Barbara Skinner is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Ulster University. She is a teacher educator and researcher in the field of TESOL and has published research on the educational attainment gap for learners with EAL, the classroom interactional language of non-native speakers of English and TESOL trainee teacher talk. She is joint convenor of BERA Language and Literacy SIG and sits on BERA Council as the Rep for Northern Ireland.

Dr Barbara Skinner was the first lecturer in Ulster’s Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT), moving to the School of Education to take up the role of Course Director of MA TESOL in 2006.  Currently, she is working on a study which explores working parents’ experiences of home-schooling during COVID-19 in Northern Ireland, to inform policy and practice for pandemic prevention pedagogy in schools in NI.  Dr Skinner’s work also explores issues concerning minority language pupils and the curriculum, language teacher education, higher education pedagogy, and managerialism and teachers’ mental health. Her research interests focus on home-school partnerships, identity, language and cultural issues of post primary EAL learners, teacher talk and second language classroom interaction, especially themes relating to conversation analysis, threshold concepts, teacher identity and teacher education. Other research interests include teaching practice supervision, developing reflective practice and cross-cultural influences.

She has a track record of PhD external examiner work in HE institutions across the UK, is leading on the development of Ulster’s new BSc Education with Digital Learning degree, and as co-convenor of BERA’s Language and Literacy Special Interest Group, has recently featured on the BERA podcast, ‘Pupils with English as an Additional Language, their families and COVID-19: current challenges and finding a way forward’ and hosted an international webinar ‘Should Phonics be the only game in town?’ She was a member of the Editorial advisory board for the English Language Teaching Journal and was also editor of the Ulster University’s teaching and learning journal Perspectives on Pedagogy and Practice.

Her research findings have been published in key international journals including the English Language Teaching Journal, Journal of Studies in International Education and Journal of Education for Teaching. Barbara’s board appointment with the BERA Council is for a four-year term, beginning November 2020.


Barbara Skinner's contributions

Literacy and Language SIG Annual Meeting

16 Apr 2021 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join the Literacy and Language SIG annual meeting to network with colleagues, learn about the activities of the SIG over the last year and plans for 2021 This meeting will be hosted on Zoom,...

Upcoming event

Dr Barbara Skinner joins BERA Council

Dr Barbara Skinner, Senior Lecturer, teacher educator and researcher in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in the School of Education at Ulster University has been appointed...

News28 Oct 2020

Should Phonics be ‘the only game in town’?

#BERA_phonics Online registration for this event has now closed, please email to register. Recently Phonics has been accepted as the prime approach for the teaching and...

Past event21 Oct 2020

Should Phonics be ‘the only game in town’?

Recently Phonics has been accepted as the prime approach for the teaching and learning of reading and as a key way to measure success in reading pedagogy. This webinar problematise that view by...

Video21 Oct 2020

BERA SIG Convenors

2021 Newsletters March 2021 February 2021 January 2021 2020 Newsletters BERA SIG Convenor Newsletter – December BERA SIG Convenor Newsletter – November BERA SIG Convenor Newsletter –...

Literacy and Language

Members of this SIG have interests in exploring the relationship between language and literacy and work in related fields, such as cultural studies and multi-modality (the central focus is on...

Special Interest Group