Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

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Professor Mike Baynham

Professor of TESOL

I am Professor of TESOL in the School of Education. My professional background is in Adult ESOL and Literacy. Before I came to Leeds, I spent ten years in Sydney at the University of Technology, Sydney where I was Director of the Centre for Language and Literacy and before that I worked in London in Adult and Higher Education. My academic background is in sociolinguistics, but I have always been involved in and committed to Applied Linguistics.

Current Professional Activities

I was Chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) for the period 2001-2003.

From 1996 to 2003 I co-convened with Mastin Prinsloo of the University of Cape Town of the International Applied Linguistics Association (AILA) Scientific Commission on Literacy.

From 2006-2010 I was co-director with Stef Slembrouck of the AILA Research Network on Language and Migration.

Research Interests

My research interests include oral narrative (my Phd [Reading 1988] was entitled “Narrative and Narrativity in the English of a First Generation Migrant Community). From narrative I developed an interest in speech representation in both narrative and non narrative contexts. Other areas of interest are socially situated perspectives on literacy, in particular academic literacies, classroom discourse, language and maths.

I am currently a co-investigator on the AHRC Translating Cultures project  Translation and translanguaging: Investigating linguistic and cultural transformations in superdiverse wards in four UK cities (2014-2018)

I am currently developing a research interest in Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) issues in Adult ESOL and am co-investigator on the ESRC Seminar Series "Queering ESOL@ towards a cultural politics of LGBT issues in the Adult ESOL classroom" (2013-2015)  http://queeringesol.wordpress.com/  also consultant on the British Council Nexus Project "Exploring LGBT Lives in Adult ESOL   https://esol.britishcouncil.org/exploring-lgbt-lives-and-issues-adult-esol (2013-2014)


Key Publications


  • Baynham M and Prinsloo M, The Future of Literacy Studies (Palgrave MacMillan, 2009)

  • Collins JP, Baynham M and Slembrouck S, Globalization and language in contact (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2009)

Journal articles

  • Baynham MJ, ‘Stance, positioning and alignment in narratives of professional experience’, Language in Society, 40 (2011), 63-74
    DOI: 10.1017/S0047404510000898

  • Baynham MJ and Simpson J, ‘Onwards and Upwards: space, placement and liminality in adult ESOL classes’, TESOL Quarterly, ed. by Roberts C and Burns A, 44.3 (2010), 420-440
    DOI: 10.5054/tq.2010.226852

  • Baynham MJ, ‘Agency and contingency in the language learning of refugees and asylum seekers’, Linguistics and Education, 17.1 (2006), 24-39
    DOI: 10.1016/j.linged.2006.08.008


  • Baynham MJ, ‘Just one day like today': scale and the analysis of space/time orientation in narratives of displacement’, in Globalization and Language in Contact: scale, migration and communicative practices, ed. by Collins J, Slembrouck S and Baynham M, Advances in Sociolinguistics (London: Continuum, 2009), 130-147

  • Baynham MJ, ‘Elite or powerful literacies? Constructions of literacy in the novels of Charles Dickens and Mrs Gaskell’, in Literacies, Global and Local, ed. by Prinsloo M and Baynham MJ, AILA Applied Linguistics Series (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2008), 2, 173-192

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