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Dr. Elaine Riordan


Elaine Riordan is a lecturer in TESOL in the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Here she is involved in English language teacher education and linguistics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is a member of the Centre for Applied Language Studies (CALS), and the Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) Research Group. She has been involved in many EU funded projects, the Backbone Project, which developed multi-modal corpora and accompanying materials for language learning across a range of European languages and varieties. More recently she worked on the JOYN 2.0 and Euroversity projects (EU Lifelong Learning in conjunction with the University of Hull, UK), both of which examine social networking and language learning.

Research Interests

Elaine's research interests include English language teaching and teacher education, the discourse of communities of practice, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, new technologies and language teaching/learning and computer-mediated communication.

Teaching Interests

Language Teacher Education, Systems of the English Language, ICT and Language Learning, Corpus Linguistics, TESOL

Professional Activities


  • 2014 - UL Excellence in Teaching Award (small group teaching)
  • 2007 - IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholar


  • 2013 University of Limerick - PhD
  • 2005 University of Limerick - MA
  • 2002 University of Limerick - BA


  • 2011 University of Hull - Lecturer in TESOL/Second Language Acquisition (July 2011 - August 2013)
  • University of Limerick - Lecturer in TESOL (Sep. 2013 - Present)
  • University of Limerick - PT TESOL Tutor (Sep 2005 - June 2011)
  • Mary Immaculate College, Limerick - PT TESOL Tutor (Jan. 2010 - June 2011)


  • Member, Centre of Applied Language Studies (CALS)
  • Member, Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS)
  • Member, British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
  • Member, European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (EuroCALL) Teacher Education SIG



Book Chapter


Corpus Types and Uses
B. Murphy and E. Riordan
The Routledge Handbook of Language Learning and Technology


Facilitating identity construction through narratives: A corpus-based discourse analysis of student teacher discourse
Riordan, E. and Farr, F
Advances and Current Trends in Language Teacher Identity Research


Thinking about your materials
Riordan, E.
Practice in TESOL by F. Farr


Online reflections: The implementation of blogs in Language Teacher Education'
Riordan, E.
Language, Learning and Teaching: Irish Research Perspectives


Assessing the integration and quality of online tools in language teacher education: The case of blogs, chat and discussion forums
Riordan, E.
Quality Issues in ICT Integration: Third Level Disciplines and Learning Contexts

Conference Contribution


Conversations in the Consortium
Riordan, E. and Vaughan, E.


Reflective Practice Seminar
F. Farr and Riordan, E.


IVACS (Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies)
Vaughan, E. and Riordan, E.


MA TESOL Seminar, UL
Riordan, E.


MA TESOL Seminar, UL
Riordan, E.


UL Faculty Teaching Day
Riordan, E. and Hourigan, T.


UL Humanities Seminar
Riordan, E.

Conference Publication


Edited Book

Other Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal