Professor Marina Mozzon-McPherson

Professor Marina Mozzon-McPherson

Professor of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching / Director of the Confucius Institute

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

m.mozzon-mcpherson@hull.ac.uk

01482 465837

Professor Marina Mozzon-McPherson received the University’s Award for Employee of the Year for Excellence in Scholarship in 2017.

She joined the University of Hull after a business career in Italy, and her innovative approach to language learning and teaching is recognised internationally.

Professor Mozzon-McPherson has a long-standing interest in language learning and intercultural communication, and their development and impact.

Her previous University roles include Head of Modern Languages; Head of the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures; Faculty Associate Dean for Reach Out; and Director of Postgraduate Studies.

She leads a new interdisciplinary research cluster, Chinese Whispers, which examines the synergies between language learning and intercultural understanding through music.

Research

Research Interests

  • Second language learning and teaching

  • Language learning strategies

  • The role of language in intercultural communicative competence

  • The skills of advising in second language learning

  • Learner autonomy

  • Reflective practice

  • Language as a pedagogic tool for learning

  • Mindfulness in second language learning

  • Scenario-based language learning

  • New technologies in language learning and teaching

Research groups

  • The Chinese Whispers’ Research Cluster - this is a new cluster which embraces interdisciplinary research into the relationship between language learning and music

  • EU-funded REDESIGN project - this project investigates applications of interactivity and collaborative learning through the design of specific features in a virtual learning environment

Publications

Mozzon-McPherson M, 'Reflective dialogues in advising for language learning through a Neuro-Linguistic Programming perspective', in Nicolaides C and Magno e Silva M (eds), Innovations and Challenges in Applied Linguistics and Learner Autonomy, Pontes Editora: Brazil, pp 209-230 (2017)

Mozzon-McPherson M, 'Considerations on the role of mindful listening in Advising for Language Learning: A micro study', Zeitschrift für Fremdsprachenforschung, 28:2, pp 159-179 (2017)

Mozzon-McPherson M, 'Defining the field: the use of discourse analysis as a reflective tool in the professional development of language learning advisers as practitioners and researchers', The Language Learning Journal, vol 41, issue 2, pp 219-230 (2013)

Mozzon-McPherson M, 'The skills of counselling in advising: Language as a pedagogic tool', in Mynard J and Carson L (eds), Advising in Language Learning: Dialogue, Tools and Context, pp 43-64, Harlow: Pearson Education (2012)

Mozzon-McPherson M, 'Counselling/Advising for Language Learning: Setting the Context, in Search of Identity', in Everhard C J, Mynard J and Smith R (eds), Autonomy in language learning: Opening a can of worms, pp 51-56, Canterbury: IATEFL, University of Kent Publications (2012)

Full list

Teaching

Programmes taught on (2018)

Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Italian for Beginners and Improvers 1 & 2 (Year 1)

  • Italian for Advanced 1 & 2 (Year 1)

  • Italian Language 4 & 5 (Year 2)

  • Italian 6 (Final Year)

  • Modern Languages Dissertation and Extended Research Project (Year 4)

  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication (Year 2)

Research PhDs

Professor Mozzon-McPherson is currently supervising in

  • intercultural communication in second language learning and teaching

  • reflective practice in second language learning and teaching

  • language learning strategies

  • new technologies and language learning and teaching

  • emotions in language learning and teaching

Completed PhDs

  • Elinor Parks, Investigating the effects of a dualistic degree structure in Modern Languages on the student experience – Implications for Criticality and Intercultural Competence - University of Hull scholarship (2017)

  • Martin Nickson, Investigating the relationship between Policy, Teaching and Learning in ESOL classes in Hull (2016)

  • Amel Alnooh, Investigating the Impact of Using an Integrated Approach to the Teaching of Writing Skills amongst Secondary Students of English as a Foreign Language in Saudi Arabia (2015)

  • Luisa Panichi, Participation in language learning in virtual worlds. An exploratory case-study of a Business English course (2014)

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Laura Tarabusi, Developing Intercultural Communicative Competence in Study Abroad (Year 2- P/T)

  • Basim Nadhreen, Reflective Teaching Practice: An exploration of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) at a Saudi Academic Institution (Year 2)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)

  • National Teaching Fellowship for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Higher Education Academy (2004)

  • European Award for Languages for a Gifted and Talented Project - Online Language Learning Tandem Programme focused on collaborative language learning/awareness between schools, sixth form colleges and university (2007)

  • European Award for Languages Special Prize (Istituto Italiano di Cultura/Italian Institute of Culture) for the Italian element of a project (The Italian Job event) focused on language and employability (2007)

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Curriculum Development and Delivery in Modern Languages (2004)

  • European Award for Languages for the Innovative Teaching of Italian Il Faro d’Italia (The Lighthouse of Italy)- simulation-based and problem-solving focus (2003)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD On defining an Online Community through its Discourse: A Case Study of an online Aggregation of Speakers of Italian (OASI), The Open University, Institute of Educational Technology (2005)

  • Certificate in Teaching and Learning Online, The Open University(1994)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), University of Huddersfield (1993)

  • Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere Moderne – Thesis in American Literature, L'Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (1983)

External roles

Worked in an advisory capacity with a large number of universities and other organisations, both within Europe and internationally, including inter-alia

  • Bolzano

  • The British Council

  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Adelaide

  • Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Bologna

  • Freie Universität Berlin

  • Kanda University

  • Macedonia

  • Potsdam

  • Stockholm

  • Universidade Federal do Pará

External examiner and external panel member on several quality periodic reviews, and on the programme validation panels of modern languages departments.

Regularly invited to be keynote speaker at international conferences and to act as external examiner on PhD Vivas.

Facilitator and role model on the Aurora Programme (Women in Leadership) and has acted as a reviewer for the Higher Education Academy.

Previously played an active role in the following organisations:

  • Association of University Language Centres (AULC)

  • CercleS (European Association of University Language Centres)

  • BAAL (British Association of Applied Linguistics)

  • Society of Italian Studies and on the Executive Committee of the Society

  • Advisory Board LTSN Subject Centre of Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies Member of the Executive Committee of the Association of University Language Centres

  • Member of the Scientific Committee on European Thematic Network Project 1 (TNP1) UK representative on the Scientific Committee on European Thematic Network Project (TNP2) for New Learning Environments

  • Creator and co-ordinator of the International Professional Language Advisers’ Network (PLAN)

  • Chair of the AULC Interest Group on Teaching, Learning and Research

Awards and accolades

  • University Employee of the Year for Excellence in Scholarship (2017)

  • Higher Education Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence for The Chinese Whispers project (2016)     

  • European Award for Languages for a Gifted and Talented Project - Online Language Learning Tandem Programme focused on collaborative language learning/awareness between schools, sixth form colleges and university (2007)

  • European Award for Languages Special Prize (Istituto Italiano di Cultura/Italian Institute of Culture) for the Italian element of a project (The Italian Job event) focused on language and employability (2007)

  • The Business Language Champion Award focused on language and employability in the Yorkshire and the Humber region (2005)

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Curriculum Development and Delivery in Modern Languages (2004)

  • European Award for Languages for the Innovative Teaching of Italian Il Faro d’Italia (The Lighthouse of Italy)- simulation-based and problem-solving focus (2003)

Professional highlights

  • Regional Director of nationally-funded programmes Project SMILE (1997-2001); Routes into Languages (2006-2015) and Links into Languages (2009-2011)

  • Society of Neuro-Linguistics Programming Licensed Neuro-linguistic (NLP) Practitioner – Resourceful Change – York  (2009)
  • Principal Investigator of two European projects focused on aspects of teaching and language learning through social networks and virtual worlds - JOYN 2.0 (2011-2013) and EUROVERSITY (2012-2014)The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education - Executive Leaders Programme  (2015)

  • The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education - Executive Leaders Programme  (2015)
  • MBSR – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course (introductory course to become MBSR trainer) -The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion York MBSR (2017)