Lee McCallum

Discipline: Education
Research Centre/Unit: TESOL

Project Summary

My thesis aims to look at the relationships between lexical collocations and holistic and analytical essay grades in a large corpus of essays in a First Year Composition (FYC) programme. The thesis uses multilevel modelling to achieve this primary aim whilst also building in assignment type and language status as interactions that influence this relationship.


Supervisory Team

My superivisors are Dr. Philip Durrant and Dr. Dongbo Zhang.

Wider Research Interests

Corpora and language assessment

Assessment standards and English as a Lingua Franca 

Vocabulary development and how vocabulary measures act as proxies for determining writing quality, cross-sectional and longtidunal development across adult L1 and L2 contexts.

Assessment design and evaluation

Authored Publications/Reports

McCallum, L. (2016) Corpus Linguistics and Linguistically Annotated Corpora, Arab World English Journal, 7(1), 521-524

McCallum, L. (2016) Taking the Fear out of Assessment, International House , 40, 29-31

McCallum, L. (2016) Exploring Authorial Presence through the Use of First Person Pronouns: Evidence from a Saudi University, Arab World English Journal, 7 (2), 118-135

McCallum, L (February 2017) Exploring the Value of Corpora in Validating and Informing Language Proficiency Assessments: Directions and Thoughts for the MENA Region., Language Assessment in the Middle East & North Africa, 233-245

McCallum, L. (2019) Assessing second language proficiency under ‘unequal’ perspectives: A call for research in the MENA region, English Language Teaching in the Middle East and North Africa: Multiple Perspectives, 3-27

McCallum, L. (2017) ESL Teaching: Principles for Success, The Journal of Language Teaching and Learning, 7(1), 139-141

McCallum, L. (2017) The Cambridge Handbook of Learner Corpus Research, English Teaching in China, 8, 45-47

McCallum, L (2019) Relationships between vocabulary, its development over time and writing quality in L2 Contexts, To appear in C. Coombe., & H. Mohebbi. (Eds,). 1,000 research questions in language education and applied linguistics. Springer.

McCallum, L (2020) Traditional assessment and encouraging alternative assessment that promotes learning: Illustrations from international and local EAP Tests, To appear in S. Hidri. (Ed,). Revisiting the Interfaces between language Learning and Assessment

Durrant, P., Moxley, J., & McCallum, L. (2019) Vocabulary sophistication in Freshman composition assignments, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics