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Dr Dave Evans

Education Studies
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After graduating with a good honours degree in French and Sociology awarded by Bristol University, I became a secondary school teacher in MFL.  I later added to this a Spanish diploma, the DELE awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education.  I spent most of my secondary school career as Head of Modern Languages (MFL) and during this time graduated with a Master's degree in Education in 2000 awarded by the Open University.  In 2002 I took a part time  PG Cert in research skills and registered in 2004 for a part time Ph.D in Education at the University of Birmingham.  I graduated in 2011 and took up a post-doctoral teaching position at Hope.  I became Lecturer in Education in 2012 specializing in Childhood and Youth Studies.

My research interests centre on youth identities and language use, bilingual identities and learner identities. My first book, which I co-wrote and edited, is called 'Language and Identity: Discourse in the World'  and covers a wide range of case studies in many different countries as well as containing theoretical chapters on the interrelationship between language and identity. This was published in hard back by Bloomsbury in December 2014 and in paperback in June 2016.

My second book, which I also co-wrote and edited, entitled 'Language, Identity and Symbolic Culture' was published by Bloomsbury in hardback and paperback in 2018.

My latest book which I wrote as sole author was published in October 2022 by Bloomsbury and encompasses a wide range of linguistic paradigms exploring the relationships between language and identity. This presents a view of language and identity from formal grammatical, rational identity at a core level through to sociolinguistic identity at a socio-cultural level, showing how identities are multi-layered.

I am currently researching language and cognition for a future publication