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Dr Carole MacDiarmid

Senior Lecturer
Carole received her MA from the University of Edinburgh and her MSc in Teaching English for Specific Purposes from Aston. She also holds a PG Cert. in British Cultural Studies from Warwick and an RSA CTEFLA and DTEFLA. Her primary research interests are Academic Discourse , English for Academic Purposes, and Teacher Development. Carole specializes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), teaching and course directing within the SMLC at the University of Glasgow. She is particularly interested in academic language use and the implications for EAP course and materials design. She is a member of the BALEAP Teaching EAP working party and Assessor for the BALEAP Accreditation Scheme ( . Carole also leads a number of courses on the MEd and MSc TESOL and has taught on Culture and Language Teaching within English language. University of Glasgow Staff page: page:

Research and Teaching Interests

The focus on my research is spoken academic English. It aims to provide a description of a variety of linguistic features of one type of spoken register in the academy, problem-based learning sessions (PBLs). PBLs are common in medical education. They are based around a specific scenario or problem and through discussion and individual research students develop not only content knowledge but also skills thought essential for the professional practitioner. They are an extremely student -centered format for learning, with a very clear pedagogy driving their incorporation into programmes. Although common within the field of medicine there has been little research into their linguistics aspects. I have compiled and transcribed a small disciplinary specific corpus of PBL sessions within the context of a post-graduate programme in medical genetics in the University of Glasgow. Specifically, I am interested in exploring how the orientation to the participants and also to the subject matter (the content) is realized linguistically, employing genre and corpus based methodologies. The overall aim is to identify linguistic features that reflect the specific nature of this collaborative genre and the extent to which the specific discipline is evident in language use (for example, in the use of lexis).


CommunicationEducationEnglish LanguageMedicinePhD Thesis