Dr Paul Breen

Senior Lecturer

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I am a Senior Lecturer in the Westminster Professional Language Centre, with specialism in the areas of English for Academic Purposes, English Language Teaching, educational technology, and writing for academic, creative, and other professional purposes. Originally from Ireland, I have taught overseas in Australia, South Korea, and Japan before settling in the United Kingdom where I worked for various universities until assuming my present position in September 2015. I have an extensive track record of research and publication both in academia, and the broader social realm. 

My research interests are primarily based around my areas of teaching, and also in teacher development. This was the focus of my PhD completed in 2014 through the University of Manchester under the supervision of Dr Gary Motteram, and Dr Diane Slaouti. 

The title of the thesis was ‘Teachers in transition: developing actions, knowledge, and practice in the EAP classroom’, and was a study of teacher development in the aftermath of an educational programme on the integration of technologies into traditional classroom practice. 

Finally I am also a published author of fiction, and my interests outside of the classroom are film, literature, music, photography, and current affairs.  

I have taught across courses and contexts in both higher and further education over the past fifteen years. After starting out in Further Education in the area of Media Studies, I moved into English Language Teaching overseas, and then to the teaching of English for Academic Purposes, which I have been doing for the past decade. 

Presently in Westminster, I am responsible for the coordination of the Pre Sessional English course, as well as teaching on in-sessional Academic English courses for students from a range of disciplines. 

Past research

My main research study to date was that which I conducted over the course of my PhD studies. This was an investigation of developments in the practice of teachers who have engaged in a series of workshops on the integration of new technologies into their work in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classroom. The study specifically looked at developments in actions and knowledge during and after a teacher education programme, and how these developments shape or reshape teachers’ specific professional practice of using technology in EAP teaching. Added to this, it explored ways in which teachers articulate their sense of EAP as a subject and EAP teaching as a profession, and how technology’s role can become situated within that. 

Current research

My current research interests have shifted to more of an inter-disciplinary focus, drawing on parts of the TPACK framework that provided the theoretical lens for my PhD studies. I am also interested in research into ways of developing the academic literacy (ies) of students, and of situating digital literacy within the boundaries of traditional interpretations of academic literacy. 

2018

Healing past wounds with more than an elastic bandage– A small scale evaluation of attitudes and aspirations of contemporary Northern Irish Catholics (2018)
Breen, P. 2018. Healing past wounds with more than an elastic bandage– A small scale evaluation of attitudes and aspirations of contemporary Northern Irish Catholics. National Identities.

2017

Book review of The 1916 Irish Rebellion by Bríona Nic Dhiarmada with foreword by Mary McAleese (2017)
Breen, P. 2017. Book review of The 1916 Irish Rebellion by Bríona Nic Dhiarmada with foreword by Mary McAleese . National Identities.

2016

Tailoring graduate attributes to meet the needs of international students in a pathway program (2016)
Velliaris, D.M. and Breen, P. 2016. Tailoring graduate attributes to meet the needs of international students in a pathway program. Journal of International Students. 6 (2), pp. 565-587.

2015

Letting Go and Letting the Angels Grow: Using Etienne Wenger's Community of Practice Theory to Facilitate Teacher Education (2015)
Breen, P. 2015. Letting Go and Letting the Angels Grow: Using Etienne Wenger's Community of Practice Theory to Facilitate Teacher Education. International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies . 10 (1), pp. 14-26.

2014

Symbols, Language, and Identity in Northern Ireland (2014)
Breen, P. 2014. Symbols, Language, and Identity in Northern Ireland. ESSE - English Studies in Albania. 5 (1), pp. 9-22.

2017

The Footballing Elephant in the Room? The Irish National Football Teams and Northern Players who declare for the Republic of Ireland (2017)
Breen, P. 2017. The Footballing Elephant in the Room? The Irish National Football Teams and Northern Players who declare for the Republic of Ireland. 2017 Annual Conference of The Football Collective. University of Limerick 23 to end of 24 Nov 2017

2014

Introducing TPACK in a Widening Participation Context (2014)
Breen, P. and Khan, S. 2014. Introducing TPACK in a Widening Participation Context. Paulo Freire and Transformative Education: Changing Lives and Transforming Communities Conference. University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) School of Education & Social Science and The Freire Institute, Preston, Lancashire 28 Apr 2014

2013

An unending affair: culture, language & identity in Northern Ireland (2013)
Breen, P. 2013. An unending affair: culture, language & identity in Northern Ireland. Albanian Society of English International Conference on British and American Studies. Canadian Institute of Technology, Tirana, Albania 03 May 2013
Teachers in a tide of change: technology’s influence on professional practice (2013)
Breen, P. 2013. Teachers in a tide of change: technology’s influence on professional practice. Identity explored: Language centre, language professional, language teacher, language learner (26th Communication Skills Workshop). University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland 14 Sep 2013

2017

Developing Educators for the Digital Age (2017)
Breen, P. 2017. Developing Educators for the Digital Age. London University of Westminster Press.

2015

Realizing the power of social media in the 21st century (2015)
Breen, P. 2015. Realizing the power of social media in the 21st century. Pennsylvania (USA) IGI Global.

2014

Cases on teacher identity, diversity, and cognition in higher education (2014)
Breen, P. (ed.) 2014. Cases on teacher identity, diversity, and cognition in higher education. Pennsylvania, USA IGI Global.

2016

Native or Novice?: An Exploratory Study of the Access to and Use of Digital Technologies among Pathway Students (2016)
Velliaris, D.M. and Breen, P. 2016. Native or Novice?: An Exploratory Study of the Access to and Use of Digital Technologies among Pathway Students. in: Pinheiro, M.M. and Simões, D. (ed.) Handbook of Research on Engaging Digital Natives in Higher Education Settings Hershey, USA IGI Global. pp. 1-20

2015

Reflections on the impact of social technologies on lecturers in a pathway institution (2015)
Velliaris, D.M., Willis, C.R. and Breen, P. 2015. Reflections on the impact of social technologies on lecturers in a pathway institution. in: Benson, V. and Morgan, S. (ed.) Implications of Social Media Use in Personal and Professional Settings Hershey, PA, United States IGI Global. pp. 131-154
Academic reflections: disciplinary acculturation and the first-year pathway experience in Australia (2015)
Breen, P., Velliaris, D. and Willis, C. 2015. Academic reflections: disciplinary acculturation and the first-year pathway experience in Australia. in: Shrestha, P.N. (ed.) Current developments in English for academic and specific purposes: local innovations and global perspectives Reading, Berkshire Garnet Education.

2014

An Intramuscular Approach to Teacher Development in International Collaborative Higher Education (2014)
Breen, P. 2014. An Intramuscular Approach to Teacher Development in International Collaborative Higher Education. in: Mukerji, S. and Tripathi, P. (ed.) Handbook of Research on Transnational Higher Education Hershey, PA IGI Global. pp. 368-390
Philosophies, traditional pedagogy, and new technologies: a report on a case study of EAP teachers' integration of technology into traditional practice (2014)
Breen, P. 2014. Philosophies, traditional pedagogy, and new technologies: a report on a case study of EAP teachers' integration of technology into traditional practice. in: Breen, P. (ed.) Cases on teacher identity, diversity, and cognition in higher education Pennsylvania (USA) IGI Global. pp. 317-341

2011

Navigating a pathway to partnership through turbulent seas of adversity (2011)
Breen, P., Stefani, M. and Kostoulas, A. 2011. Navigating a pathway to partnership through turbulent seas of adversity. in: Tripathi, P. and Mukerji, S. (ed.) Cases on innovations in educational marketing: transnational and technological strategies Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA IGI Global.

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