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The impact of mobile phone platforms as an aid to learning a second language. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher position (ESR4) (CoventryKU20MS-C2)


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About the Project

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 the PhD position (ESR) at: University of East Anglia (UEA). Application deadline: 17th September 2020

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).

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

For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here https://people.uea.ac.uk/k_coventry?_ga=2.205586128.217131936.1597668171-1389682200.1585231606

Type of Programme: PhD

Start Date: October 2020

Full time

Length of studentship: 36 months

Entry requirements: A 2:1 in a first degree and a Masters degree in Psychology or a related discipline

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria (to be demonstrated in the Europass CV format):

Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.

Conditions of international mobility of researchers:
Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organization, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

English language: Network fellows (ESRs) must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training. Knowledge of the local language will weigh positively in selection.

Applications must be made via MyView https://myview.uea.ac.uk/webrecruitment/pages/vacancy.jsf?latest=01007454

In addition a separate application must be made via the the University’s Postgraduate application system at: https://www.uea.ac.uk/research/research-with-us/postgraduate-research/latest-phds-and-research-studentships/how-to-apply

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



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