Mabel Victoria

Mabel Victoria

Dr Mabel Victoria ORCID: 0000-0002-7232-1175

Lecturer

Biography

I am an ethnographer and applied linguist with research interests in intercultural communication, English as a lingua franca, linguistic politeness, discourse analysis, pragmatics, and linguistic landscapes. I teach Intercultural Business Communication, Exploring Culture and An Introduction to Discourse, Language and Society at Edinburgh Napier University. I have a PhD in Intercultural Communication and Applied Sociolinguistics, MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and MRes in Education. I am interested in applying insights from linguistic ethnography in the analysis of spoken discourse. My most recent publications include: 'The verbal and the visual: Insights from the Selfie Project (2018); ‘Blue Paint and White Underwear: Humour and misunderstanding in Intercultural Encounters (2016)’; and 'Every picture tells a story: Using Selfie-inspired Activities to Enhance Social Relations and Encourage Self-reflexivity (2016).

Research Areas

Events

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Transculturing in the Third Space Using English as a Lingua Franca
  • Transculturing in the Third Space through Language
  • The selfie project: learning/teaching English in an innovative way
  • Transforming Borders into Bridges: Communication Strategies and Resources for Building Relations across Cultu
  • Using the liminal spaces of the classroom as a pedagogical resource Teaching Fellowship Conference
  • How Immigrants in an Employment-focused Program ‘do’ Solidarity and Empathy

 

Editorial Activity

  • Managing Editor
  • Book Review Editor

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner
  • PhD External Examiner
  • External Examiner

 

Invited Speaker

  • Applied Linguistics according to Kermit, the Frog
  • Research Writing for Researchers
  • Navigating Intercultural Border Crossings through Language
  • The Language of Friendship and Solidarity in Intercultural Encounters
  • Intercultural Border Crossings
  • How Canadian Immigrants from different Cultural and Linguistic Backgrounds Manage Interaction Successfully

 

Reviewing

  • Peer Reviewer

 

Date


16 results

Toilet graffiti: secrets, support and solidarity in the women's restroom

Other
Victoria, M. (2020)
Toilet graffiti: secrets, support and solidarity in the women's restroom. UK
Communicating has never been so easy; we can to send messages and texts to friends and strangers in an instant from a variety of platforms. You would think this would affect t...

International Perspectives on Interculturality in English Language Teaching

Book
Victoria, M., & Sangiamchit, C. (in press)
International Perspectives on Interculturality in English Language Teaching. Palgrave Macmillan

The Use of Humour in the Off-task Spaces of the Language Classroom

Journal Article
Victoria, M. (2019)
The Use of Humour in the Off-task Spaces of the Language Classroom. ELT Journal, 73(2), 186-196. https://doi.org/10.1093/elt/ccy054
The focal point of most investigations into classroom discourse tends to be on the institutionally sanctioned and legitimized on-task exchanges between teachers and students w...

English: its role as the language of comity in an employment programme for Canadian immigrants

Book Chapter
Victoria, M. (2018)
English: its role as the language of comity in an employment programme for Canadian immigrants. In Skilled Migration and Global EnglishTaylor & Francis
This study explores the experiences of a culturally and linguistically diverse group of immigrant adult students as they attended a 12-week employment preparation course for n...

The verbal and the visual in language learning and teaching: insights from the ‘Selfie Project’

Journal Article
Victoria, M. (2018)
The verbal and the visual in language learning and teaching: insights from the ‘Selfie Project’. Language Learning Journal, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/09571736.2018.1484797
That ‘a picture can stimulate a thousand words’ aptly summarizes the role of the visual in the field of language learning and teaching. The power of the image to generate lang...

‘Don’t be serious, sabai-sabai สบายสบาย’: How Members of an English Conversation Club at a Thai University do Interculturality

Book Chapter
Victoria, M. (in press)
‘Don’t be serious, sabai-sabai สบายสบาย’: How Members of an English Conversation Club at a Thai University do Interculturality. In Discourse and Interculturality
The current investigation explores interculturality by looking at the language practices of a culturally and linguistically diverse group of postgraduate students from China, ...

Every picture tells a story: using selfie-inspired activities to enhance social relations and encourage self-reflexivity.

Book Chapter
Victoria, M. (2016)
Every picture tells a story: using selfie-inspired activities to enhance social relations and encourage self-reflexivity. In C. Penman, & M. Foster (Eds.), Innovations in learning and teachingMerchiston Publishing
This chapter explores the results of a study in Thailand that capitalised on the popularity of the selfie, providing second-year English language students with an opportunity ...

Blue paint and white underwear: miscommunication and humour in intercultural contexts.

Book Chapter
Victoria, M. (2016)
Blue paint and white underwear: miscommunication and humour in intercultural contexts. In J. N. Singh, A. Kantara, & D. Cserző (Eds.), Downscaling Culture: Revisiting Intercultural Communication, 92-113. Cambridge Scholars Publishing
When two individuals from different cultural backgrounds fail to achieve mutual understanding, the accusatory finger is almost always automatically pointed at ‘cultural differ...

English: its role as the language of comity in an employment programme for Canadian immigrants

Journal Article
Victoria, M. P. (2017)
English: its role as the language of comity in an employment programme for Canadian immigrants. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 15(1), 114-134. https://doi.org/10.1080/14767724.2014.937401
This study explores the experiences of a culturally and linguistically diverse group of immigrant adult students as they attended a 12-week employment preparation course for n...

Negotiating communication and building relation across cultures

Journal Article
Victoria, M. (2013)
Negotiating communication and building relation across cultures. CMU Journal of Science, 17, 19-33
There have been a number of studies that explores how people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds communicate. However, many of these investigations tend to focu...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • An Investigation into Communication Strategies by English as a Lingua Franca Speakers
  • Power and Politeness in Philippine Higher Education Classrooms
  • PhD project funded by The Open University

Current Post Grad projects