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Yuying Liu, Silvia Benini and Abdulhakim Belaid after receiving their PhD awards at the January 2016 conferrings with Dr. Liam Murray, Professor Helen Kelly-Holmes, and Dr. Fiona Farr.

Yuying Liu, Silvia Benini and Abdulhakim Belaid after receiving their PhD awards at the January 2016 conferrings with Dr. Liam Murray, Professor Helen Kelly-Holmes, and Dr. Fiona Farr. 


Sara Aljohani

Implementing a multimodal corpus of TED Talks for teaching academic presentations: Perspectives on EFL learners’ attitudes.

Supervisors: Íde O’Sullivan, Elaine Riordan and Liam Murray


Joanna Baumgart

Teacher development through dialogic reflection in cross-disciplinarycollaborative action research in second level mathematics classroom in Ireland.

Supervisor: Fiona Farr

Mohammd Alolayan

The Effectiveness of Watching Subtitled Films on Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition: A Study on second year EFL students at Onaizah Community College, Saudi Arabia.

Supervisors: Liam Murray and Elaine Riordan


Vera Lucia Lima Carvalho

Reflections of Brazilian English Language Teacher Educators: A Discourse of Introspective and Collaborative Approaches to Professional Awareness.

Supervisors: Fiona Farr and Elaine Riordan

Norah Banafi

The Impact of Blended Learning on Medical Students' Engagement and Achievement with English Language Terminology: A Case Study of Teachers’ and Students' Self-efficacy and Attitudes at Jazan University (PYP) Saudi Arabia.

Supervisors: Helen Kelly-Holmes and Máiréad Moriarty


Waad Aljohani

Corpus Linguistics in Language Teacher Education: Current Status and Future Prospects in Saudi Arabia.

Supervisor: Fiona Farr and Angela Chambers

Abdulaziz Abdullah Alsayegh

Teaching English Vocabulary via Digital Games to 3rd Level male students in Saudi Arabia: Issues and Attitudes.

Supervisor: Liam Murray

Awad Alshehri

The impact of portable digital applications on the improvement of the pronunciation of learners of English as a Foreign Language.

Supervisors: Liam Murray and Máiréad Moriarty


Yuying Liu

Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) in Chinese Higher Education: EFL teachers’ Perceptions.

Supervisors: Angela Chambers and Freda Mishan

Silvia Benini

An Investigation of ICT use for Italian and Irish Language Acquisition in a Secondary Level School environment: new perspectives on the Digital Natives/Digital Immigrants theory.

Supervisor: Liam Murray

Abdulhakim Mohamed Ali Belaid

The Localisation of the PARSNIP model and Authentic Materials for Libyan Third Level EFL Contexts.

Supervisor: Liam Murray


Guinevere Darcy

Code-mixing and context: a Corca Dhuibhne case study.

Supervisor: Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin

Weronika Gazior

Intercultural pragmatics: an investigation of expressing opinions in Irish English amongst Irish and Polish students.

Supervisors: Freda Mishan and Máiréad Moriarty


Florence Le Baron-Earle

Social Media and Language Learning:Enhancing Intercultural Communicative Competence.

Supervisors: Angela Chambers and Liam Murray

Joan O’Sullivan

The Role of Language Ideologies in the Exploitation of Accent and Dialect in Irish Radio Advertising – A Longitudinal Study.

Supervisor: Helen Kelly-Holmes

Declan O'Donnell

A corpus-based investigation of selected pragmatic politeness features used during question time in the national parliament of Ireland.

Supervisor: David Atkinson

Aoife Lenihan

The Interaction of Language Policy, Minority Languages and New Media: A Study of the Facebook Translations Application.

Supervisor: Helen Kelly-Holmes

Laura Costelloe

Reading the Riots: Investigating Newspaper Discourse on French Urban Violence in 2005.

Supervisors: Angela Chambers and Helen Kelly-Holmes

Elaine Riordan

The Discourse of a Community of Student Teachers: A Corpus-Based Analysis of Online and Face-to-Face Modes.

Supervisors: Fiona Farr and Liam Murray


Matthew Wallen

Awakening the Potential Expert within: A Dialogic Inquiry as Professional Development for Mainstream Teachers of English-as-an-Additional-Language Learners in Irish Primary Schools.

Supervisors: Helen Kelly-Holmes and Roland Tormey