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Christine Leahy

Principal Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
History, Languages and International Studies


Dr Christine Leahy is the Manager for the University Language Programme (ULP) and German Subject Coordinator for the ULP.  She teaches German for advanced learners and contributes to the MA course in English Language Teaching. Christine is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Career overview

Before moving to the ULP full time, Christine contributed to the BA course in modern languages. She was German subject leader as well as German year-abroad co-ordinator. She taught various language and thematic modules on the German degree course.

Research areas

Christine’s research interests concentrate on language learning and technology.

External activity

    Christine is a member of Review Board of the JALT CALL Journal and occasional reviewer for article submissions to CALICO.

    She works currently as external examiner for the University of Huddersfield


The Time Abroad Project – German and British Students’ Expectations for their Stay Abroad. Journal of English Studies, issue 16, pp.

Studying language learning opportunities afforded by a collaborative CALL task, Leahy C, IAFOR Journal of Language Learning, 2016, pp. 14-32.

Electronic role-play as a manifestation of open task computer-assisted language learning: a case study (PhD thesis). Leahy CBL, 2011, Nottingham Trent University

Learner activities in a collaborative CALL task. Leahy C, Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2008, 21 (3), 253-268 Available from Taylor Francis Online

Introducing ICT to teachers of an institution-wide language programme: principal considerations. Leahy C, The JALT CALL Journal, 2006, 2 (3), 3-14

Researching language learning processes in open CALL settings for advanced learners. Leahy C, Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2004, 17 (3-4), 289-313

Observations in the computer room: L2 output and learner behaviour. Leahy C, ReCALL, 2004, 16 (1), 124-144

Bilingual negotiation via e-mail: an international project. Leahy C, Computer Assisted Language Learning, 2001, 14 (1), 15-42

Motivational factors and student attitudes in language specific classes with advanced learners of German. Leahy C, German as a Foreign Language, 2000, 3

Student centred legal language study. Leahy C, Computer Assisted Language Learning, 1998, 11 (3), 289-308

Conference contributions

Leahy, C., 2018. “Introducing self-study language learning software to the provision of the university-wide language programme.  Integration of materials and uptake by learners”; paper given at the AULC conference at Sheffield Hallam University.

Learner behaviour in a collaborative task-based CALL activity, Leahy C, 2012, In L. Bradley and S. Thouësny(Eds.) EUROCALL Conference Gothenburg, Sweden. CALL: using, learning, knowing. Dublin, Ireland:, 2012, pp. 167-171.

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