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. & 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. & Measuring the contribution of academic and general vocabulary knowledge to learners' academic achievement. Journal of English for Academic Purposes 31, 44-57.
  3. & How Different Is Arabic from Other Languages?. Journal of Applied Linguistics and Language Research 3(1), 15-35.
  4. & How many words do you need to speak Arabic? An Arabic vocabulary size test. The Language Learning Journal, 1-18.
  5. & 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..

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • Artistic Anatomy of Pain: Perception Influenced by Culture and Spirituality (current)

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Dr Federico Lopez-Terra
    Other supervisor: Dr Brigid Haines
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    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • 'Investigating the relationship between L2 vocabulary knowledge and academic performance (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chris Shei
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • The language of online groomers (current)

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

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

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Prof Tess Fitzpatrick
  • ''Investigating lower-level reading processes among L1 Arabic learners of L2 English'' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Vivienne Rogers
    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)

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

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

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