Research Profile

Emma Riordan

Biography

Emma Riordan is University Language Teacher for German and Teaching and Learning Officer for the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at University College Cork, Ireland. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin, and an MPhil in Teaching German as a Foreign Language and a BA Language and Cultural Studies from UCC. She has taught English language and cultural studies at the University of Magdeburg, Germany, German language and linguistics at UCC and lectured in German at Waterford Institute of Technology. Her research interests include classroom discourse, target language use, language education policy, teacher education and Language for Specific Purposes. Her Twitter handle is @EmmaTRiordan and email address is emma.riordan@ucc.ie. Emma was Project Lead on HELECs (Higher Education Language Educator Competences), an inter-institutional project funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. More details can be found at www.helecs.ie.

Research Interests

Language teaching and learning
Classroom discourse analysis
Curriculum design
Language for Specific Purposes
Language education policy

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Teaching and Learning Enhancement FundIrish Funded Research01-APR-1931-MAY-21€24,716.00

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2018)Language for Teaching Purposes: Bilingual classroom discourse and the non-native speaker language teacher.
Emma Riordan (2018) Language for Teaching Purposes: Bilingual classroom discourse and the non-native speaker language teacher. London: Palgrave Macmillan.   [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2011)'Various lesson plans'
Emma Riordan (2011) 'Various lesson plans' In: Grundy, Peter, Bociek, Hania & Parker, Kevin (eds). English through Art. London: Helbling. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2020)'Higher Education Language Educator Competences (HELECs)'
Emma Riordan, Clive Earls, Áine Furlong, Colin Flynn, Silvia Benini (2020) 'Higher Education Language Educator Competences (HELECs)'. Teanga: The Irish Yearbook of Applied Linguistics, 27 :193-203   [Details]
(2016)'Language education for non-native speaker language teachers'
Emma Riordan (2016) 'Language education for non-native speaker language teachers'. Teanga: The Irish Yearbook of Applied Linguistics, (24) [Details]
(2015)'The policy and practice of teacher target language use in post-primary foreign language classrooms in Ireland'
Emma Riordan (2015) 'The policy and practice of teacher target language use in post-primary foreign language classrooms in Ireland'. European Journal of Language Policy, :165-181 [Details]
(2015)'Factors affecting target language use in the post-primary classroom in Ireland'
Emma Riordan (2015) 'Factors affecting target language use in the post-primary classroom in Ireland'. Germanistik In Ireland, 10 :109-125 [Details]

Guest Speaker

 YearPublication
(2022)What’s so special about language teaching?: Exploring language educator unique competences.
Emma Riordan (2022) What’s so special about language teaching?: Exploring language educator unique competences. Dublin: Guest Speaker [Details]

Journal Volume Edited

 YearPublication
(2011)Journal of Postgraduate Research, Trinity College Dublin.
Emma Riordan (2011) Journal of Postgraduate Research, Trinity College Dublin. Dublin: Journal Volume Edited   [Details]

Unpublished Reports

 YearPublication
(2014)Language support for post-primary language teachers: The example of German.
Emma Riordan (2014) Language support for post-primary language teachers: The example of German. Unpublished Reports [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

 YearPublication
(2014)Language for Teaching Purposes: An analysis of the spoken language needs of non-native speaker language teachers.
Emma Riordan (2014) Language for Teaching Purposes: An analysis of the spoken language needs of non-native speaker language teachers. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Other

 YearPublication
(2010)Drinking with the Irish: Examining cultural stereotypes.
Emma Riordan, Reinhold Wandel (2010) Drinking with the Irish: Examining cultural stereotypes. https://www.buhv.de/unterrichtsmaterial/sekundarstufe-ii/englisch-betrifft-uns.html: Other [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2012Postgraduate Travel Grant, TCD Trinity Trust
2005Boyle Scholarship in German Studies German Department, UCC
2010IRCHSS Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Irish Research Council
2011Postgraduate Travel Grant, TCD Trinity Trust
2006Studentship UCC German Department, UCC

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Association for Applied Linguistics Executive Committee Member20-NOV-15 /
German Studies Association of Ireland Secretary19-NOV-16 /

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2021)AILA World Congress,
Emma Riordan, Clive Earls, Áine Furlong, Colin Flynn, Silvia Benini (2021) Higher Education Language Educator Competences (HELECs): A national project for the continuing professional development of language educators in HE. [Oral Presentation], AILA World Congress, Groningen , 15-AUG-21 - 20-MAR-22. [Details]
(2021)Association of University Language Communities of Britain and Ireland Annual Conference,
Dr Emma Riordan, Dr Clive W. Earls, Dr Colin J. Flynn and Dr Áine Furlong (2021) Practitioners, experts and leaders: A draft framework of competences for language educators in higher education. [Oral Presentation], Association of University Language Communities of Britain and Ireland Annual Conference, Leeds , 29-MAR-21 - 31-MAR-21. [Details]
(2021)2021 IRAAL Annual Conference: Applying Linguistics in the 21st Century,
Emma Riordan, Clive Earls, Áine Furlong, Colin Flynn, Silvia Benini (2021) Higher Education Language Educator Competences: Towards a professionalisation of language teaching in Higher Education. [Oral Presentation], 2021 IRAAL Annual Conference: Applying Linguistics in the 21st Century, University College Dublin , 25-NOV-21. [Details]
(2019)Annual Conference of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics,
Emma Riordan, Clive Earls, Silvia Benini, Colin Flynn, Aine Furlong (2019) Higher Education Language Educator Competences (HELECs): Supporting language teacher professional development in the context of Languages Connect. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics, National University of Ireland, Galway , 30-NOV-19 - 30-NOV-19. [Details]
(2019)German Department Research Day,
Emma Riordan (2019) Language teacher professional development in Higher Education in Ireland: Why? What? How?. [Oral Presentation], German Department Research Day, University College Cork , 20-SEP-19 - 20-SEP-19. [Details]
(2019)Crossing Boundaries in Language Teaching: Northern Ireland and Beyond,
Emma Riordan (2019) Language for Teaching Purposes: non-native speaker language teachers and the boundaries of classroom discourse. [Keynote Speaker], Crossing Boundaries in Language Teaching: Northern Ireland and Beyond, Queens University, Belfast , 03-MAY-19 - 04-APR-19. [Details]
(2017)30 of Years Erasmus in Ireland: Study abroad in research and practice conference,
Emma Riordan; Anne Marie Devlin; Siobhan Mortell (2017) Conference Chair. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 30 of Years Erasmus in Ireland: Study abroad in research and practice conference, University College Cork , 16-JUN-17 - 16-JUN-17. [Details]
(2013)5th AILA-Europe Junior Research Meeting in Applied Linguistics,
Emma Riordan (2013) Multilingualism in Education. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 5th AILA-Europe Junior Research Meeting in Applied Linguistics, Trinity College Dublin , 18-JUN-13 - 30-JUN-13. [Details]
(2016)Annual Conference of the German Studies Association of Ireland (GSAI),
Emma Riordan (2016) Digilanguages; Language learning in a digital age. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the German Studies Association of Ireland (GSAI), Dublin City University , 18-NOV-16 - 19-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016)Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics,
Emma Riordan (2016) Native and non-native speaker language teachers: Who's worth more?. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics, Trinity College Dublin , 19-NOV-16 - 19-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016)Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics,
Emma Riordan (2016) Executive committee member and panel chair. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics, Trinity College Dublin , 19-NOV-16 - 19-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016)Annual Conference of the Association of German Studies (AGS),
Emma Riordan (2016) The policy and practice of teacher target language use in post-primary German language classrooms in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Association of German Studies (AGS), Newcastle University , 31-AUG-16 - 02-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016)AILA Europe Junior Researcher Meeting in Applied Linguistics,
Emma Riordan (2016) Communicative language teaching in the Irish context. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], AILA Europe Junior Researcher Meeting in Applied Linguistics, University of Tallinn, Estonia , 19-MAY-16 - 21-MAY-16. [Details]
(2015)40th Anniversary Conference Irish Association of Applied Linguistics,
Emma Riordan (2015) Is communicative language teaching the right approach for post-primary modern language teaching in Ireland?. [Oral Presentation], 40th Anniversary Conference Irish Association of Applied Linguistics, Trinity College Dublin , 21-NOV-15 - 21-NOV-15. [Details]
(2015)Annual Conference of the German Studies Association of Ireland (GSAI),
Emma Riordan (2015) Eliciting in the language classroom: Teachers’ use of open, closed, display and referential questions. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the German Studies Association of Ireland (GSAI), NUI Galway , 13-NOV-15 - 14-NOV-15. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures Teaching and Learning Committee Chair2021 /
CACSS Teaching and Learning Sub-Committee for Student Experience SLLC Representative and Reporting for the DEAG2021 /
Digital Education Advisory Group CACSS representative2021 /
CACSS Teaching and Learning Sub-Committee for Recruitment and Employability SLLC and German Department Representative2018 / 2021

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2004University College Cork BA (Hons)Language and Cultural Studies with German
2007University College Cork Master of PhilosophyTeaching German as a Foreign Language
2014Trinity College Dublin PHDApplied Linguistics

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Teanga: The Irish Yearbook Of Applied Linguistics Guest Editor20-NOV-15 - 19-NOV-16
Trinity College Dublin Journal Of Postgraduate Research Editor01-JAN-11 - 01-AUG-11

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
German FluentFluentFluent

Outreach Activities

 Description

Third level liaison for the post-primary German Teachers' Association of Ireland (GDI) 2014-2016

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Coordinator for second year German language programme (GE2101, GE2801, GE2007, GE2201, GE2202)
Applied Linguistics (module coordinator for GE3108 Teaching German as a Foreign Language)
Academic coordinator for Erasmus for students of German (BA World Languages, BA International, BEd Gaeilge)
Teacher on the first year language programme (GE1101)

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