Research Profile

Craig Neville


I am a lecturer in Education with a specialism in teaching students with English as an Additional Language (EAL), languages education, CLIL, pedagogical audiovisual translation, multi-/plui-lingualism and minority student identities, heritage language education, family language planning and sociolinguistics of education. I have a decade of experience as a classroom practitioner, middle and senior leader in challenging, urban educational settings and am passionate about addressing educational disadvantage and enhancing social mobility through education. I am also passionate about promoting the minority intersectional student voice and exploring ways in which the multifaceted identities of students can be represented and embodied in the school context and in curricula. I am also interested in decolonisation of not only curricula but also teaching practice in the languages classroom. I teach on a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level and am interested in collaborating with researchers, practitioners and school communities to develop research and practice-driven results for challenges in educational contexts. 

Research Interests

My research interests centre around the following themes:
  • English as an Additional Language in all educational settings but, in particular, post-Primary. 
  • Educational sociolinguistics, multi-/pluri-/trans-lingualism as phenomenon and practice
  • Heritage Language Education and family language planning
  • Languages education: pedagogies and practice (including CLIL in non-ESL contexts)
  • intersectional approaches to understanding minority student identities in school communities and how these inform practice. 
  • Decolonisation of curricula and language teacher education 
  • Corpus-based approaches to languages education 
  • Pedagogical audiovisual translation.

Research Grants

Start DateEnd DateAward
AHGBI Travel Scholarship01-APR-1801-APR-18
Translatorship and Performativity in Translation01-JUL-1801-JUN-19
Teacher and Learning Forum Seminar Series01-DEC-1901-DEC-19
Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship01-OCT-1701-SEP-20
To what extent has the role of dubbing in Cataluna contributed to the promotion of the linguistic standard: a diachronic corpus-based approach.01-NOV-18
BAI Media Award01-APR-1801-APR-18
CASILAC UCC Postgraduate Award01-SEP-1701-APR-18
Award for Outstanding Performance in MA Thesis01-SEP-1501-SEP-15



(2023)A New Learning Grammar of Spanish.
Dr Javier Muñoz Basols Dr Craig Neville (2023) A New Learning Grammar of Spanish. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. [Details]
(2023)Spanish Grammar in Context.
Dr Javier Muñoz-Basols Dr Craig Neville (2023) Spanish Grammar in Context. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

(2019)'To what extent has the role of dubbing contributed to the promotion of the linguistic standard in Galicia: a diachronic, corpus-based approach'
Craig Neville (2019) 'To what extent has the role of dubbing contributed to the promotion of the linguistic standard in Galicia: a diachronic, corpus-based approach'. Galicia 21, [Details]

Published Reports

(2023)Demolingüística del español en el Reino Unido e Irlanda.
Dr Javier Muñoz Basols; Dr Lucía Pintado Gutierrez; Dr Mara Fuentes; Dr Carlos Soler Montes (2023) Demolingüística del español en el Reino Unido e Irlanda. Instituto Cervantes; Universidad de Heidelberg; Universidad de Zurich, Spain. [Details]
(2019)AICLE: nuestra primera inmersión.
Craig Neville (2019) AICLE: nuestra primera inmersión. Consejería de Educación, España, United Kingdom and Ireland. [Details]


(2021)Why Study Languages?.
Craig Neville; (2021) Why Study Languages?. ANET/COS [DOI] [Details]


(2019)Iveson, Mandie. Language Attitudes, National Identity and Migration in Catalonia: â¿¿What the Women Have to Sayâ¿¿ (Sussex Academic Press, 2019), 244 pp. ISBN: 24681097531.
Craig Neville (2019) Iveson, Mandie. Language Attitudes, National Identity and Migration in Catalonia: â¿¿What the Women Have to Sayâ¿¿ (Sussex Academic Press, 2019), 244 pp. ISBN: 24681097531. Reviews [Details]

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Member/
Teaching Council of Ireland Registered post-Primary Teacher (Route 2)/
Anglo Catalan Society Full Member/
Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland Full Member/
Irish Association for Applied Linguistics Member/
English language Support Teachers' Association of Ireland Member/


 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Communications Committee (School of Education) Member2021 /
Inclusive Outreach through Translation Steering Committee Member2021 /


 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Assistant Lecturer09-JAN-17 / 31-AUG-21
University College Cork Lecturer in Education01-SEP-21 /
Parliament Hill School Middle/Senior Leader01-APR-12 / 31-DEC-16
Post Primary Languages Ireland Education Officer01-JAN-19 / 31-DEC-20
The Helena Romanes School Head of Spanish and EAL01-JUN-07 / 30-MAR-12


2007University of Greenwich Postgraduate Certificate of EducationFrench and Spanish (Secondary)
2006University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex College) MA (Cantab)Modern and Medieval Languages
2022University College Cork PhDHispanic Studies
2015University of Portsmouth MATranslation Studies


French FluentFluentFluent
Spanish FluentFluentFluent
Portuguese FunctionalFunctionalFunctional
Gallego FluentFunctionalFunctional
Catalan FluentFluentFunctional

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I teach on a variety of courses in Education including Spanish pedagogies at undergraduate and postgraduate level and EAL education at postgraduate level. In the past, I have also taught Spanish to beginners, theoretical and practical approaches to (Audiovisual) Translation Studies. I am currently coordinator for the Professional Research Paper (PRP) during the second year of the Professional Masters in Education (PME)

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2022Sinéad Elliffe University College CorkM.Ed.n exploration of a focused approach to the teaching of oral language in a DEIS primary school.
2022Siobhán O'Regan University College CorkM.Ed.An exploration of how explicit instruction of metacognitive strategies deployed through inclusive pedagogy can support online research and comprehension of digital texts in the primary classroom.

Research Information

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Dr Mara Fuentes Gutierrez Open UniversityUNITED KINGDOM
Dr Javier Muñoz-Basols University of OxfordUNITED KINGDOM

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