Professor Jim Milton
Personal Chair
Department of Applied Linguistics
Telephone: (01792) 604513

I came to Swansea in 1985 and set up the Centre for Applied Language Studies. I have been Head of the Centre and, more recently, the Applied Linguistics Department. Before coming to Swansea I was head of English in Tudun Wada Teacher Training College in North Nigeria, and lecturer in English and TEFL in the universities of Marsa el Brega and then Sebha in Libya. I have also worked extensively on consultancy and materials development projects both in UK and overseas including Korea, China, Singapore, Greece and Italy.

Areas of Expertise

  • second language acquisition
  • vocabulary learning
  • the mental lexicon

Publications

  1. & How Different Is Arabic from Other Languages?. Journal of Applied Linguistics and Language Research 3(1), 15-35.
  2. & How many words do you need to speak Arabic? An Arabic vocabulary size test. The Language Learning Journal, 1-18.
  3. & Measuring child L2 vocabulary acquisition through immersion in school.. In C. Gitsaki and T. Alexiou (Ed.), Current Trends in Second/Foreign Language Teaching and Teacher Education: Research Perspectives..
  4. & Phonological vocabulary size, orthographic vocabulary size, and EFL reading ability among native Arabic speakers.. Journal of Applied Linguistcs 30, 26-43.
  5. The impact of L1 lexical organisation in L2 vocabulary acquisition. Language in Focus Journal 1(1), 15-34.

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Teaching

  • ALE114 The Sounds of English

    This module will teach the International Phonetic Association symbols for phonetic transcription. Other aspects of speech will be studied, such as sounds in citation and connected speech, assimilation and elision, stress and rhythm, and elements of acoustic phonetics.

  • ALE224 Vocabulary Studies

    This module will introduce students to the mental lexicon and will begin to answer questions about what words are, how they are used and change, and how they are stored in the mind. This material will be built on by introducing students to the use of technology which allows the statistical analysis of text. This analysis has various uses including stylistic analysis, as a translation aid, as a measure of the difficulty and technicality of a text, and as a means of predicting learning and sequencing the content of teaching syllabuses. Students will carry out a small project using these statistical devices and will make these kinds of analysis. Students will devise their own projects for assignment.

  • ALE318 Research Project (Linguistics)

    In this module, students will conduct an empirical research project in Linguistics under supervision. This will entail collecting and analyzing data, as well as writing up their projects in an 8,000 word dissertation.

  • ALEM18 Vocabulary: teaching and learning

    In this module we will explore the nature of vocabulary and the difficulties associated with defining and categorizing the "Word". We will examine and identify word components, and look at the ways in which larger language chunks or groups of words- sometimes behave like single vocabulary items. We will analyse what is meant by word knowledge and the various facets of this and in the light of this whether it is realistic to measure how many words a person knows. We will look at models of the L2 lexicon and use this as a basis for the investigation of the manner in which to teach the reading, writing, listening and speaking of foreign language lexis.

  • ALEM19 Research Methods for ELT

    Required module for MA TEFL candidates. An introduction to relevant principles and some techniques in language teaching research contexts. Assessed by a limited and guided research project.

Supervision

  • The Acquisition of Motion Verbs by Arab EFL Learners. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Dr Michael Daller
  • Modelling difficulty and measuring uptake in L2 lexical acquisition. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • 'A multidimesnional study of English Collocations in an EFL context' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Dr Giovanna Donzelli
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Dr Chris Shei
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • Poverty and Social Exclusion in British Political Leaders' Party Conferences Speeches (1900-2014): A Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • 'Assessing the dimensionality of common constructs of L2 vocabulary knowledge.' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Tess Fitzpatrick
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • Investigating lower-level reading processes among L1 Arabic learners of L2 English (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Dr Vivienne Rogers
  • Autonomous vocabulary acquisition: How learner choices affect lexical ability. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Tess Fitzpatrick
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • Investigating vocabulary knowledge in children and quantifying deficiency in the area of Cummins' CALP. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Dr Chris Shei
  • What effect does short term Study Abroad (SA) have on learners' vocabulary knowledge? (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Tess Fitzpatrick
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • 'Using lexical generation tasks in testing productive vocabulary size' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Dr Chris Shei
  • 'Predicting International Students'''' Academic Success with Vocabulary Knowledge and other Factors.' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Dr Cornelia Tschichold