Professor Caroline Coffin, 

The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

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Caroline Coffin is a Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics and a member of the Centre for Language and Communication (CLAC). She is co-convenor of the Educational Dialogue Research Unit within the Centre for Reserach into Education and Educational Technology. 


Her main research focus is the role of language in education and the use of new technologies. She is particularly interested in using the tools of systematic functional linguistics and corpus linguistics to investigate computer mediated dialogue, argumentation and disciplinary discourse. She has been funded by a wide range of organisations including the ESRC, HEA, DfeS, and the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Education, the NSW Education and Training Foundation, and the Department of Ethnic Affairs, Australia. Prior to joining the Open University she lectured at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and has also been based in Laos and Indonesia as a member of international teaching and development projects. She is secretary of the executive committee of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and is the BAAL representative on the (National) Committee for Linguistics in Education (CLIE).