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Dr Talia Isaacs

Dr Talia Isaacs

Dr Talia Isaacs
BA, MA, PhD (McGill University), PgCert (Bristol)

Research Fellow

Helen Wodehouse Building,
35 Berkeley Square, Clifton BS8 1JA
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 4312

Research summary

Second language speaking and listening; Pronunciation assessment and instruction; Rating scales and rater processes; Mixed methods research; Form-focused instruction; Language for Specific and Academic Purposes; Cross-cultural communication

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Biography

Talia Isaacs joined the University of Bristol as a Lecturer in Education after completing her PhD at McGill University, Canada in 2011, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014. Her research centres on second language (L2) assessment (particularly of pronunciation and fluency), with a focus on the development and validation rating scales, the alignment between rater perceptions and L2 speech productions, and oral communication breakdowns and strategies in workplace and academic settings. Burgeoning interests include health (particularly doctor-patient) communication, the recruitment of underrepresented ethnic minorities to trials, automated scoring of speech, and helping learners and assessors calibrate their performances through ...

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