Research area: Language teachers’ informal professional development on Twitter

University: The Open University, Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology, UK

Director of Postgraduate Studies: Dr Tim Lewis

EdD supervisors: Prof Agnes Kukulska-Hulme and Dr Linda Murphy

Start date: 1 May 2015

About my research:

This doctoral study is investigating language teachers’ informal professional develoment on Twitter. The purpose of this study is to find out how self-employed / freelance / part-time language teachers use Twitter for their informal professional learning. I am also interested in finding out if and to what extent their professional learning on Twitter shapes the way they teach. The information I get from this study will raise (language) teachers’ awareness of the potential of Twitter for professional purposes and could enable them to use Twitter for their professional development in an informed way.


List of publications:

Emke, Martina (2016): Das OHN-KursPortal: Online-Vorbereitungskurse für beruflich qualifizierte Studieninteressierte. In: Arnold, Rolf/Lermen, Markus/Günther, Dorit (Hrsg.): Lernarchitekturen und (Online-) Lernräume. Baltmannsweiler, S. 255-270.

Thelen,T. & Emke, M. (2015). The OHN-KursPortal – Opening up higher education to adults with tutor-supported online courses. [Online]. EADTU Conference Proceedings 2015: Transforming Higher Education in the 21st century; “Innovative pathways to Learning and Continuous Professional Education”, 328-343. Available on: [21.08.2016].

Stickler, U., & Emke, M. (2015). Part-time and freelance language teachers and their ICT training needs. In R. Hampel & U. Stickler (Eds.), Developing online language teaching: research-based pedagogies and reflective practices, pp. 28-44. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Emke, M., & Stickler, U. (2015). Teaching and Learning Online – Developing your skills to develop others. In B. Kühn (Ed.), Tagungsband Bremer Symposium 2013, pp. 199-209. Bremen.

Stickler, U. & Emke, M. (2011). LITERALIA: Towards developing intercultural maturity. In LLT (Language Learning and Technology) Special Issue 15(1). Pp. 147-168.

Stickler, U., & Emke, M. (2011). Tandem learning in virtual spaces: Supporting the acquisition of key competences for lifelong learning. In P. Benson & H. Reinders (Eds.), Beyond the Language Classroom (pp. 146-160). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Emke, M., & Stickler, U. (2013). Teaching and Learning Online – Developing your skills to develop others. Paper presented at the Bremer Symposium 2013, Bremen.

Beaven, T., Emke, M., Ernest, P., Germain-Rutherford, A., Hampel, R., Hopkins, J., Stickler, U. (2010). Needs and Challenges for Online Language Teachers – The ECML Project DOTS. Teaching English with Technology: A Journal for Teachers of English, 10(2), 5–20.

Stickler, U., Ernest, P., Beaven, T., Emke, M., Germain-Rutherford, A., Hampel, R., Stanojevic, M. M. (2010). Joining the DOTS. A collaborative approach to online teacher training. The EuroCALL Review, 16.