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. Masrai, A., Milton, J., Milton, J. The role of informal learning activities in improving L2 lexical access and acquisition in L1 Arabic speakers learning EFL The Language Learning Journal 46 5 594 604
  2. Masrai, A., Milton, J., Milton, J. Measuring the contribution of academic and general vocabulary knowledge to learners' academic achievement Journal of English for Academic Purposes 31 44 57
  3. Masrai, A., Milton, J. How Different Is Arabic from Other Languages? Journal of Applied Linguistics and Language Research 3 1 15 35
  4. Masrai, A., Milton, J. How many words do you need to speak Arabic? An Arabic vocabulary size test The Language Learning Journal 47 5 519 536
  5. Milton, J., Roghani, S. Measuring child L2 vocabulary acquisition through immersion in school. (Ed.), Current Trends in Second/Foreign Language Teaching and Teacher Education: Research Perspectives.

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Teaching

  • 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

  • Defining and measuring the vocabulary gap in school-age children (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Vivienne Rogers
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • Modelling difficulty and measuring uptake in L2 lexical acquisition. (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • The title: What effect does short term Study Abroad (SA) have on learners’ vocabulary knowledge? «br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Prof Tess Fitzpatrick
  • Artistic Anatomy of Suffering: The Influence of Culture and Contemplative Practices on the Perception of Pain (current)

    MA
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Dr Lloyd Davies
    Other supervisor: Dr Federico Lopez-Terra
  • The language of online child sexual groomers - a corpus assisted discourse study of intentions and duration (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • no changes required at this stage (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • The influence of adventure video games on the acquisition of second language collocations and phrasal verbs (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Dr Cornelia Tschichold
  • 'A multidimesnional study of English Collocations in an EFL context' (awarded 2019)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Giovanna Donzelli
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • The Acquisition of Motion Verbs by Arab EFL Learners. (awarded 2019)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Michael Daller
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • ''Investigating lower-level reading processes among L1 Arabic learners of L2 English'' (awarded 2018)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Vivienne Rogers
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • 'Assessing the dimensionality of common constructs of L2 vocabulary knowledge.' (awarded 2018)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Prof Tess Fitzpatrick
  • 'Investigating the relationship between L2 vocabulary knowledge and academic performance (awarded 2018)

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

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cornelia Tschichold
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • 'Using lexical generation tasks in testing productive vocabulary size' (awarded 2017)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chris Shei
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • Poverty and Social Exclusion in British Political Leaders' Party Conferences Speeches (1900-2014): A Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies (awarded 2017)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus