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.
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.