Teaching in the Department

We are committed to high quality teaching - we like our students to have access to our research through our courses. New ideas and developments feed directly into what our students learn, and we are keen on developing the many kinds of teaching that we use. 

‌Teaching on Our Programmes

The Department has been rated 15th in the world in the QS 2018 rankings. We have now been in the top 20 in the world for six years in a row. 

On all taught programmes - BA, MA and PhD - we use a range of teaching methods: lectures, seminars and workshops. BA Modules normally combine weekly lectures and linked seminars (groups of up to 15).

Computers and information technology related to language are used on many modules, and our BA and distance MA and PhD programmes also use web-based modes of teaching and learning, including innovative and involving uses of our Virtual Learning Environment. 

Coursework is a key element linking teaching, learning and assessment, and takes a variety of forms: data analysis, written assignments, research projects, in-class presentations, posters, assessed exercises, portfolios and dissertations.

Our Staff

Our full-time teaching staff come from a variety of backgrounds, and cover a wide range of specialisms and interests. All are experienced university-level teachers and all full-time teaching staff hold Ph.D. degrees.

We are proud that several of our colleagues have received awards for their teaching. These awards reflect qualities of innovation, commitment, attention to students' learning and to maximising their learning opportunities. 

  • Vicki Haslam and Jonathan Culpeper were both winners in the 2017 Lancaster University Student Led Teaching Awards.
  • Sam Kirkham was awarded the ‘Undergraduate Teaching Award’ in the 2016 Lancaster University Student Led Teaching Awards.
  • Andrew Hardie was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2013 in the student-led Lancaster Teaching Awards.
  • Judit Kormos (pictured right) was awarded the Pilkington Teaching Staff Award in 2012 in the recognition of the major innovations she has carried out in distance teaching and learning at postgraduate level.
  • Willem Hollmann was awarded the 2011 Lancaster Teaching Award organised by the University and LUSU, the first staff award where students are asked to nominate an inspirational teacher and Jonathan Culpeper  was also specially commended for his teaching.
  • Mick ShortJane Sunderland and Judit Kormos have all been awarded National Teaching Fellowships.

Student Representation

Representatives of all student groups from the various BA, MA and PhD degree programmes are elected directly onto the relevant Departmental committees (Departmental Board, and Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies Committee), enabling them to participate in our monitoring and decision-making processes.