Professor Tess Fitzpatrick

Professor Tess Fitzpatrick

'Deputy Head of School and Head of Subject

Email:
fitzpatrickt@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5417
Location:
3.37, John Percival Building

I am a Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Centre for Language and Communication Research, which is part of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

I have been at Cardiff University since 2012, and teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses on our English Language, Language and Communication, and Applied Linguistics programmes. I direct the distance-learning PhD programme in Applied Linguistics (Lexical Studies), and I supervise PhD dissertations in vocabulary acquisition, storage and retrieval.

I am currently Chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics.

Research interests

  • lexical processing
  • second language acquisition
  • word association studies
  • vocabulary measurement tools.

Postgraduate students

I direct the PhD programme in Applied Linguistics, which focuses on vocabulary research, and which is designed for part-time distance study.

I am interested in supervising PhD topics taking a lexical approach to language processing and language use. This might include assessment of vocabulary knowledge, second language acquisition, lexical attrition in L1 or L2, formulaic language and the interface between lexis and syntax.

Recent and current PhD students and topics include:

  • Jon Clenton - Exploring the construct of productive vocabulary with Lex30 (completed 2010)
  • Ian Munby - Development of a multiple response word association test (completed 2011)
  • Dale Brown - ESL productive knowledge of collocations
  • Mark Maby - Polysemy and depth of word knowledge
  • John Racine - Investigating the L2 mental lexicon using word association data
  • Matthew Rooks - Autonomy in vocabulary learning
  • Jeff Stewart - Item difficulty in vocabulary tests
  • Kimberly Klassen - Vocabulary Load of Proper Nouns and Marginal Words in L2 Reading Texts
  • Peter Thwaites - Individual differences in lexical storage
  • Tom Caton - The effect of short term study abroad on language learners’ vocabulary knowledge
  • Caroline Handley - The mental lexicon: stable construct or dynamic situated conceptualizations

I have been at Cardiff since 2012, and teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in applied linguistics. I direct the distance-learning PhD programme in Applied Linguistics which specialises in lexical research, and I supervise PhD dissertations in vocabulary acquisition, storage and retrieval.

Before coming to Cardiff I worked in the Department of English Language and Literature at Swansea University. My early career was as an EFL teacher and teacher trainer, and my postgraduate qualifications have all been achieved through part-time study:

  • MBA (Open)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in TEFL (Cambridge/RSA)
  • PhD in Applied Linguistics (Wales)

I am currently Chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics.

There are four main strands to my current research activities:

  • the investigation of lexical acquisition and attrition
  • the investigation of lexical retrieval processes (with a focus on word association behaviour)
  • the creation and evaluation of vocabulary knowledge assessment tools
  • the design and application of innovative language learning techniques

These interests are reflected in my work on the following research projects:

  • CorCenCC: Corpws Cenedlaethol Cymraeg Cyfoes (The National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh): A community driven approach to linguistic corpus construction (Co-Investigator) ESRC Research Grant: 2016-19
  • Looking for early linguistic markers of future Alzheimer’s disease (Co-Investigator) Alzheimer’s BRACE Research Grant: 2014-15
  • Tracking lexical retrieval behaviour in semantic dementia (Principal Investigator) EPSRC Bridging the Gaps Escalator Fund Award: 2011-12
  • A longitudinal investigation into  lexical retrieval and oral output behaviour in older and younger adults (Principal Investigator) Swansea University (RIAH) Research Initiatives Fund: 2011-2012
  • Profiling the mental lexicon:  Psycholinguistic phenotyping of lexical retrieval preferences through an  analysis of word association behaviour (Principal Investigator) ESRC Small Grant: 2010-12
  • Research into improving the way the  Welsh language is transferred to adults (Consultant) Welsh Assembly Government Project: 2010-11
  • Individual and instructional factors in  the acquisition and development of lexical competence in English as a foreign  language (Consultant) Spanish Ministry of Education: 2010-13
  • Developing new analytical techniques  for profiling language phenotypes in genetic research (Co-investigator) AHRC Speculative Scheme: 2007-08
  • Prefabricated chunks as an aid to  conversational fluency in a foreign language (Research Associate: secondment) AHRB Innovation Award: 2002-03