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Research and Supervision

I enjoy collaborating with MA and PhD students and staff in order to help develop research projects. My specific areas of interest include:

  • The role of technology in learning and teaching
  • Learner autonomy
  • Self-access
  • Task-based language teaching
  • Language processing (attention and noticing)
  • Mobile learning

I currently have over 20 postgraduate students, including six doctoral candidates, who are investigating topics such as the (mis)match between teachers’ perceptions of learner’s difficulties and learners’ perceptions of their own difficulties, the role of timing in focus-on-form, the use of DIY corpus building for independent learning, the role of computer games in EFL, classroom practices for teacher autonomy, and out-of-class learning. I sometimes take on new students, depending on my workload, the degree of overlap between the student’s research and my own, and the level of the student’s previous work. I supervise by using a wide range of online tools. I have limited time and can only take on students who meet a number of requirements, and whose research interests overlap with my own, and only with the permission of my institution. Feel free to contact me for more information.

Here is a reference from a former student, Junaiday Bte Januin, from Malaysia:

I found working with Hayo not only enjoyable but also very fruitful and academically stimulating. As an advocate of ‘Learner Autonomy’, he really puts what he’s been writing into practice; he has coached me to be an autonomous learner myself to realise the fruits of learner autonomy. Hayo has always been generous with his knowledge and expertise; he has meticulously guided and facilitated me in preparing a sound PhD proposal. In brief, working with Hayo is an invaluable experience.

And here another one from a Thai student, Sorada, studying in New Zealand:

Thank you again for everything you have done for my proposal. Although we have talked to each other only for about 3 months, I feel that it is almost 3 years since I have learned a lot from you. Thank you for being supportive and always available when needed.

Sorada recently won the prize for best PhD thesis in Thailand – huge congrats!

Sorada thesis prize

In addition to the areas above, I am able to supervise in the following areas:

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Task-based language teaching
  • Language policy
  • Language and development
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Leadership and management
  • Curriculum development

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker.

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Recent books
Innovation in Language Learning & Teaching. The case of Thailand.

Contemporary Task-based Language Teaching in Asia.
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