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The impact of mobile phone platforms as an aid to learning a second language ESR4 (CoventryKU20MS-C)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

e-LADDA (Early Language Development in the Digital Age) is a new Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN). The central scientific goal of e-LADDA is to establish whether the new and quite intuitive interactions afforded by digital tools impact on young children’s language development and language outcomes in a positive or adverse way. Applications are invited for 14 PhD positions (ESRs) at various institutions including: University of East Anglia (UEA). Further information is available at Application deadline: 24.01.2020 23:00 CET/Brussels

The position to be based at UEA is ESR4: The impact of mobile phone platforms as an aid to learning a second language - This project aims to explore how mobile phone technology can assist second language learning, and to compare the effectiveness of learning a second language (L2) via symbolic input (word-to-word relations) vs grounded relations (words and images) using mobile phone social network platforms. A further goal is to explore the neural correlates of second language learning across modes of learning. Monolingual (English-speaking) children will learn a second language with support by mobile phone communication either using text alone, or text and images, vs no mobile phone support. The project will assess the effectiveness of mobile phone platforms for L2 learning. The two modes of mobile phone support will be compared to the no support condition via assessment of post-training L2 vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and production in written and spoken language. fMRI data will be used to assess changes in brain areas associated with the L2 in children following different learning modes.

The successful candidate will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations. The salary is dependent on local tax regulations and on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). Full details, together with details of how to apply, can be found at:

For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here:

This is a PhD programme.

The start date of the project is 1 June 2020.

The mode of study is full-time. The studentship length is 3 years (36 months).

Funding Notes

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 857897.

Entry requirements:

Acceptable first degree/Masters degree in Psychology or a related discipline.

The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 13.60

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