Master of Arts (MA) in Education, University of Uppsala, Sweden
Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Nottingham
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Joint Honours Spanish and Linguistics, University of Nottingham
Associate Professor Una Cunningham grew up in Northern Ireland, and came to the University of Canterbury at the beginning of 2013 after some 30 years in Sweden. She has taught and carried out research in schools and universities in Sweden with a focus on learner pronunciation with English, Swedish and Spanish as target languages. She has experience of developing and coordinating programmes and courses for domestic and international students, and has worked extensively on cooperation projects with universities in China and Vietnam. She is currently a member of the University of Canterbury E-learning Research Lab and the New Zealand Institute of Language Brain and Behaviour. She has written a number of textbooks for various readerships (see publications list in UC Research Profile).
My main area of research is around migration, language, learning and technology in various permutations. I am interested in the application of technology for using, learning and teaching languages and the interplay of linguistic and digital practices of multilingual and transnational families.
Please see Una's UC Research Profile for more information and a full list of publications
Language assessment; learning and teaching languages; computer-assisted language learning.
Sara is interested in professional development and teacher education in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). She started her PhD at the University of Canterbury, where she was awarded the University's Doctoral Scholarship. Her research project focuses on the integration of technology in the New Zealand ESOL context. Having recognised the significance of the use of technology in the 21st-century language education, she did her Master’s degree in Computer Assisted Language Learning in TEFL. Sara has taught English language courses at different universities, where she experimented with Mobile Assisted Language Learning tools (MALL) with her students. She is currently a member of the University of Canterbury Learning and Teaching Language Research (LATL-Lab) and E-learning Lab. She is also actively involved in Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (tesolanz), and is the editor of TESOLANZ newsletter and the developer of the technology corner column.
She has been involved in teaching EDEM633 - Foundations of technology-enhanced language learning and EDMM633 - Issues in technology-enhanced language learning with the coordination of Professor Una Cunningham.
Technology enhanced language learning, computer mediate communication, online culture and netiquette are Sara's other fields of research.