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 Lee McCallum

Lee McCallum

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 

Overview

          In a decade of working in TESOL, I have held teaching and research positions in Europe, the Middle and Far East, the USA and my home country of the UK. These positions have typically centred around the teaching and assessment of academic writing. In these roles, I have led modules and designed assessments for a number of language and discipline specific programmes. In line with this practical experience, the majority of my academic research is underpinned by an interest in assessment. My work primarily looks at how the use of corpus linguistics as a methodology can inform our understandings of how we assess writing and perhaps most importantly, how writers themselves use language features to complete assessments.  Although this interest was originally connected to my work with second language writers, developments in my career mean I have also more recently developed experience and interest in first language writers and their particular struggles with academic and specific disciplinary writing as new entrants to university. My doctoral thesis is one such example of this work. My thesis looks at the relationship between the use of collocations and writing quality scores in a corpus of first and second language learner essays from the First Year Composition programme at a large public university in the US.

          I have also had the opportunity to become involved in and lead a number of academic projects. These have included a co-authored book with Dr. Philip Durrant and Dr. Mark Brenchley to be published by Cambridge University Press and managing a co-edited book with Dr. Christine Coombe to be published by Palgrave Macmillan. I have also written a number of book chapters for Palgrave Macmillan, Springer and Routledge in addition to being involved in assessment projects with the British Council.

          In my current role at the University of Exeter, I am part of the team working on the ‘Writing the Future’ project funded by the Qatari National Research Fund and led by  Dr Abdelhamid Ahmed, Dr. Esmaeel Abdollahzadeh and Professor Debra Myhill. The project is driven by a corpus of Arabic and English essays produced by Arab university students. The bulk of the project analyses this corpus for differences in how students use features of metadiscourse to perform a variety of functions and the relationship these features have with writing quality judgements. The corpus analysis of these features is then supported by extensive ‘writing conversations’ with the students themselves to uncover their own understandings of the metadiscourse they use in their essays.

Qualifications

  • University of Exeter, Doctorate in Education (TESOL Pathway) Sept 2015 – 2020
  • University of Stirling, Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), October 2020.
  • University of Stirling, M.Sc in TESOL with Applied Linguistics (2014)
  • Randolph School of English, Cambridge CELTA, Edinburgh. (2011)
  • University of Stirling, B.Acc (Hons) Accountancy & Business Law (2010)

 

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Research

Research interests

I have an interest in the following areas of language teaching and assessment:

  • The assessment of writing and vocabulary.
  • The role of corpus linguistics in assessment.
  • Test design and validation.
  • The use of standard and non-standard language models for assessment in EMI contexts.
  • The use of technology in test design, administration and feedback practices.
  • How teachers develop their sense of language assessment literacy.

Research projects

Links to some of the projects I have contributed to are below:

How Language Teachers Understand Assessment Edited by Christine Coombe:

https://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/a_to_z_glossary_final.pdf

'Writing the Future' funded by the Qatari National Research Fund and led by Dr Abdelhamid Ahmed, Dr. Esmaeel Abdollahzadeh and Professor Debra Myhill:

http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/education/research/centres/writing/projects/project/index.php?id=654

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Books

Durrant P, Brenchley M, McCallum L (2021). Understanding Development and Proficiency in Writing Quantitative Corpus Linguistic Approaches. Abstract.
McCallum L, Coombe C (eds)(2020). The assessment of L2 written English across the MENA region: a synthesis of practice., Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal articles

McCallum L, Coombe C (In Press). Examining the cycle of assessing writing in MENA contexts: Trends, challenges and best practice recommendations. European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL (invited paper) Special Issue on Language Assessment with Guest Editor James D. Brown
Durrant P, Moxley J, McCallum L (In Press). Vocabulary sophistication in first-year composition assignments. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics Full text.
McCallum L (2019). Modelling score variation in student writing with a big data system: Benefits, challenges and ways forward. Journal of Writing Analytics, 3, 286-311.

Chapters

McCallum L (2021). Relationships between vocabulary, its development over time and writing quality in L2 contexts. In Coombe C, Mohebbi H (Eds.) Research questions in language education: a reference guide for teachers, Springer.
Rauf M, McCallum L (2020). Language assessment literacy: Task analysis in Saudi universities. In McCallum L, Coombe C (Eds.) The assessment of L2 written English across the MENA Region: a synthesis of practice, Palgrave Macmillan, 13-41.
McCallum L, Rauf M (2020). Learning what works in improving writing: a meta-analysis of writing improvement studies across Saudi Arabian universities. In McCallum L, Coombe C (Eds.) The assessment of L2 written English across the MENA Region: a synthesis of practice, Palgrave Macmillan, 393-427.
McCallum L (2020). Traditional assessment and encouraging alternative assessment that promotes learning: Illustrations from EAP Tests. In Hidri S (Ed) Perspectives on Language Assessment Literacy: Challenges for improved student learning, Routledge, 33-52.
McCallum L (2018). Assessing second language proficiency under 'unequal' perspectives: a call for research in the MENA region. In Hidri S (Ed) English Language Teaching Research in the Middle East and North Africa: Multiple Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, 3-27.
McCallum L (2017). Exploring the value of corpora in validating and informing language proficiency assessments: directions and thoughts for the MENA region. In Coombe C, Davidson P, Gebril A, Hidri S (Eds.) Language Assessment in the Middle East & North Africa, TESOL Arabia Publications, 233-245.

Conferences

McCallum L (2020). What Works in Improving Writing?. 25th TESOL Arabia Conference: Empowering Educators. 2nd - 3rd Oct 2020.
McCallum L (2019). Predicting grade scores in a corpus of first year compositions: Multi-level student and individual rater interactions. AAAL, Georgia, Atlanta. 9th - 12th Mar 2019.
McCallum L (2018). The relationship between phraseology and writing quality: Implications for the assessment of English as a Lingua Franca. the 9th Inter-varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) International Biennial Conference, University of Malta, Valletta. 13th - 15th Jun 2018.
McCallum L (2016). Demystifying language assessment. CLaSiC, National University of Singapore, Singapore. 1st - 3rd Dec 2016.
McCallum L (2016). Wearing many hats when teaching writing. International ELT Conference, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. 21st - 22nd Apr 2016.
McCallum L (2015). Identifying the learner errors present in CEPA corpora: implications for the assessment and teaching of high school students in the UAE. International Language Assessment Conference Egypt. 3rd - 5th Sep 2015.

Publications by year


In Press

McCallum L, Coombe C (In Press). Examining the cycle of assessing writing in MENA contexts: Trends, challenges and best practice recommendations. European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL (invited paper) Special Issue on Language Assessment with Guest Editor James D. Brown
Durrant P, Moxley J, McCallum L (In Press). Vocabulary sophistication in first-year composition assignments. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics Full text.

2021

McCallum L (2021). Book Review.Advances in Corpus-based Research on Academic Writing: Effects of Discipline, Register and Writer Expertise, Ute Römer, Viviana Cortes, Eric Friginal (Eds.), Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 95. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/ Philadelphia (2020). $149.00, E-book ISBN: 978 90 272 6145 8. English for Specific Purposes, 62, 43-45.
McCallum L (2021). Relationships between vocabulary, its development over time and writing quality in L2 contexts. In Coombe C, Mohebbi H (Eds.) Research questions in language education: a reference guide for teachers, Springer.
McCallum L (2021). The Role of Lexical Collocations and Learner and Course Variables in Determining Writing Quality in Assignments from a First Year Composition Programme.  Abstract.
Durrant P, Brenchley M, McCallum L (2021). Understanding Development and Proficiency in Writing Quantitative Corpus Linguistic Approaches. Abstract.

2020

McCallum L (2020). Book Review: Anthony, L. Introducing English for Specific Purposes. Register Studies, 2(2), 350-354.
Rauf M, McCallum L (2020). Language assessment literacy: Task analysis in Saudi universities. In McCallum L, Coombe C (Eds.) The assessment of L2 written English across the MENA Region: a synthesis of practice, Palgrave Macmillan, 13-41.
McCallum L, Rauf M (2020). Learning what works in improving writing: a meta-analysis of writing improvement studies across Saudi Arabian universities. In McCallum L, Coombe C (Eds.) The assessment of L2 written English across the MENA Region: a synthesis of practice, Palgrave Macmillan, 393-427.
McCallum L, Coombe C (eds)(2020). The assessment of L2 written English across the MENA region: a synthesis of practice., Palgrave Macmillan.
McCallum L (2020). Traditional assessment and encouraging alternative assessment that promotes learning: Illustrations from EAP Tests. In Hidri S (Ed) Perspectives on Language Assessment Literacy: Challenges for improved student learning, Routledge, 33-52.
McCallum L (2020). What Works in Improving Writing?. 25th TESOL Arabia Conference: Empowering Educators. 2nd - 3rd Oct 2020.

2019

McCallum L (2019). Modelling score variation in student writing with a big data system: Benefits, challenges and ways forward. Journal of Writing Analytics, 3, 286-311.
McCallum L (2019). Predicting grade scores in a corpus of first year compositions: Multi-level student and individual rater interactions. AAAL, Georgia, Atlanta. 9th - 12th Mar 2019.

2018

McCallum L (2018). Assessing second language proficiency under 'unequal' perspectives: a call for research in the MENA region. In Hidri S (Ed) English Language Teaching Research in the Middle East and North Africa: Multiple Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, 3-27.
McCallum L (2018). The relationship between phraseology and writing quality: Implications for the assessment of English as a Lingua Franca. the 9th Inter-varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) International Biennial Conference, University of Malta, Valletta. 13th - 15th Jun 2018.

2017

McCallum L (2017). Exploring the value of corpora in validating and informing language proficiency assessments: directions and thoughts for the MENA region. In Coombe C, Davidson P, Gebril A, Hidri S (Eds.) Language Assessment in the Middle East & North Africa, TESOL Arabia Publications, 233-245.
McCallum L (2017). The Cambridge Handbook of Learner Corpus Research (Book Review). English Teaching in China, 8, 45-47.

2016

McCallum L (2016). Demystifying language assessment. CLaSiC, National University of Singapore, Singapore. 1st - 3rd Dec 2016.
McCallum L (2016). Wearing many hats when teaching writing. International ELT Conference, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. 21st - 22nd Apr 2016.

2015

McCallum L (2015). Identifying the learner errors present in CEPA corpora: implications for the assessment and teaching of high school students in the UAE. International Language Assessment Conference Egypt. 3rd - 5th Sep 2015.

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External Engagement and Impact

TESOL Gulf Board Member

Guest Editor for Special issue on Writing Assessment in Honour of Glenn Fulcher (Language Teaching Research Quarterly). (2020-2021)

Journal of Asia TEFL  Editorial Board (Since 2018)

TESOL Journal  Peer Reviewer (Since 2018)

TESOL Convention Proposal Reviewer (Since 2018)

TESOL Arabia Proposal Reviewer (Since 2019)

TESOL China Assembly Proposal Reviewer (Since 2019)

Book Reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan (HE / Language and Linguistics) (Since 2019)

 

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