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Professor Hilary Nesi


02477 658984
aa3861@coventry.ac.uk
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Professor in English Language
Business, Environment and Society
Coventry University
Priory Street
Coventry
CV1 5FB
Building: George Eliot Building
Room: GE610
Biography:

Hilary Nesi’s research primarily concerns the discourse of English for academic purposes, and the design and use of dictionaries and reference tools. She was principal investigator for the AHRB-funded project to create the BASE corpus of British Academic Spoken English (2001-2005), and for the ESRC-funded project to create the BAWE corpus of British Academic Written English (2004-2007).

She is currently leading the development of the international Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC). Hilary has also collected and analysed the business correspondence component of the JISC-funded BT e-Archive, and was principal investigator for the AHRC Research Networking project ‘Digitising experiences of migration: the development of interconnected letter collections’.

Hilary has developed materials for the study of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) as principal investigator for the project to produce academic writing materials for the British Council ‘Learn English’ website, and as Chief Academic Advisor for the EASE EAP speaking and listening series and as principal investigator. Her research monographs and articles include The Use and Abuse of EFL Dictionaries and Genres across the Disciplines: Student writing in higher education, co-authored with Sheena Gardner.

Vision Statement:

Although communication is at the heart of academic endeavour, there are still huge gaps in our knowledge of how this communication is achieved in different academic contexts. Through my research I want to contribute to our knowledge of the nature of academic discourse, and how it varies across genres, disciplines, levels of study and geographical regions. I also want to find good ways of presenting and explaining this information to scholars and fellow-teachers, so that it can be applied most effectively, at a time when the use of English as an academic lingua franca is rapidly on the rise.

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Qualifications

  • Certificate, On-line Education and Training: Problems and Principles in the use of Computer Networks for Course Delivery, University of London Institute of Education
  • Ph.D., University College Swansea
  • M.Sc., ESP, University of Aston
  • P.G.C.E., University of Hull
  • B.A., English Language and Literature, University of Leicester

Research Interests

  • English for Specific Purposes
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Language corpora
  • Dictionary design and use
  • Academic writing
  • Academic speech events

Selected Outputs

  • Nesi, H. (2016) 'Corpus studies in EAP'. In Routledge Handbook of English for Academic Purposes. Ed. by Hyland, K., and Shaw, P. Abingdon: Routledge, 207-218
  • Nesi, H. (2015) 'The demands of users and the publishing world: printed or online, free or paid for?'. In The Oxford Handbook of Lexicography. Ed. by Durkin, P. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 579-589.Available from http://https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/ba95a60b-2422-4351-8910-7ff60d8cb71a/1/
  • Gardner, S., Biber, D., and Nesi, H. (2015) 'MDA perspectives on Discipline and Level in the BAWE corpus'. Proceedings of the 8th International Corpus Linguistics conference, 'CL2015'. Held 21-24 July 2015 in Lancaster, UK. 126-128
  • Alsop, S., and Nesi, H. (2015) 'Introductions in engineering lectures'. Proceedings of the 8th International Corpus Linguistics conference, 'CL2015'. Held 21-24 July 2015 in Lancaster, UK. 19-22
  • Alsop, S. and Nesi, H. (2015) 'The pragmatic annotation of a corpus of academic lectures'. In Calzolari, N., Choukri, K., Declerck, T., Loftsson, H., Maegaard, B., Mariani, J., Moreno, A., Odijk, J., and Piperidis, S. Proceedings of LREC 2014, Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, 'LREC 2014'. Held 26-31 May 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland 1560-1563 Available from http://https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/47891848-368a-4448-ba67-e119d946209e/1/ )
  • Nesi, H. (2014) 'Corpus Query Techniques for Investigating Citation in Student Assignments'. In Corpus Analysis for Descriptive and Pedagogic Purposes: English Specialised Discourse. Ed. by Gotti, M., and Giannoni, D.S. Bern: Peter Lang, 85-106
  • Morton, R. and Nesi, H. (2014) 'Corpora, Catalogues and Correspondence: The item-level identification and digitisation of business letters for the British Telecom Correspondence Corpus'. Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Congress 2014, 'Digital Humanities Congress 2014'. Held 4-6 September 2014 in Sheffield, UK. Sheffield: HRI Online Publications Available from http://hridev1.shef.ac.uk/openbook/chapter/DHC2014-MortonNesi
  • Nesi, H. (2014) 'Research timeline: Dictionary use by English language learners'. Language Teaching 47 (1), 38-55. Available from http://https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/640d9a37-f1cd-4981-bf35-5559ce6e8e84/1/
  • Alsop, S., and Nesi, H. (2013) 'Annotating a corpus of spoken English: the Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC)'. GSCP 2012 proceedings, 'GSCP 2012'. Held 29 Feb-03 Mar Mar 2012 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 58-62 Available from http://tinyurl.com/oc4b2jy
  • Nesi, H., and Bae, S. (2013) 'Korean and English ‘dictionary’ questions: what do the public want to know?'. Proceedings of the Asialex 8th International Conference, 'Asialex 8th International Conference'. Held 20-22 Aug 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. 11-19 Available from http://www.asialex2013.org/03_Asialex8_Proceedings_Internet_Papers%201-25.pdf
  • Nesi, H. (2013) 'Researching users and uses of dictionaries'. In The Bloomsbury Companion to Lexicography. Ed. by Jackson, H. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 62-74.Available from http://https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/6a14c938-d8ba-4501-b154-dea8a58c8fdf/1/
  • Alsop, S., Moreton, E., and Nesi, H. (2013) 'The uses of storytelling in university engineering lectures'. ESP Across Cultures 10, 8-19. Available from http://https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/2943bf81-229e-4b86-a111-cfa05f0da25e/1/
  • Gardner, S., and Nesi, H. (2012) 'A classification of genre families in university student writing'. Applied Linguistics 34 (1), 1-29. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/applin/ams024
  • Nesi, H., and Moreton, E. (2012) 'EFL/ESL writers and the use of shell nouns'. In Academic Writing in a Second or Foreign Language: Issues and challenges facing ESL/EFL academic writers in higher education contexts. Ed. by Tang, R. London: Continuum, 126-145
  • Nesi, H. (2012) 'Dictionary Use'. In Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Ed. by Chappelle, C.A. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.Available from http://https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/043061aa-df6d-47cf-aa51-82d183d2ce33/1/
  • Nesi, H. (2012) 'Corpora and ESP'. In The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes. Ed. by Paltridge, B., and Starfield, S. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 407-426.Available from http://https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/5d5aa39e-f5ce-f5b2-33d4-4ee84f8c0d5a/1/
  • Nesi, H., and Gardner, S. (2012) Genres across the Disciplines: Student writing in higher education. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available from http://bit.ly/slWnd5

Selected Funding

  • 2013, Digitising experiences of migration: the development of interconnected letter collections, AHRC, £24,540
  • 2012, Increasing Interoperability between Corpus Tools, JISC strand D, £48,131
  • 2012, Writing for a purpose: materials to improve the quality of discipline-specific student work, Economic and Social Research Council, £61,324
  • 2011-2013, New Connections: the BT e-Archive, JISC, £744,873
  • 2011, The Word Tree corpus interface, JISC Learnability/Usability Strand C: Adaptable and learnable user interfaces for research tools, £26,878
  • 2008-2010, A study of lecturing styles in Malaysia and in the UK, PMI 2 Connect Research Co-operation Award, £36,229
  • 2004-2007, An investigation of genres of assessed writing in British Higher Education, Economic and Social Research Council, £453,594
  • 2002-2005, The enhancement of the British Academic Spoken English corpus, Arts and Humanities Research Board, £230,556
  • 2000-2001, A spoken academic wordlist, EURALEX Laurence Urdang Award, £500
  • 2000-2001, The preparation of a British corpus of spoken academic English, The British Academy SG 30284, £4,995

Research Students

PhD: 15 completions 6 current students

Teaching

  • PhD Supervision
  • MA Modules: Written and Spoken Discourse, Corpus Analysis for English in Professional Contexts, Understanding Academic English
  • MA and Undergraduate dissertation supervision

Professor Hilary Nesi

Professor in English Language
Business, Environment and Society
Coventry University
Priory Street
Coventry
CV1 5FB
Building: George Eliot Building
Room: GE610
Biography:

Hilary Nesi’s research primarily concerns the discourse of English for academic purposes, and the design and use of dictionaries and reference tools. She was principal investigator for the AHRB-funded project to create the BASE corpus of British Academic Spoken English (2001-2005), and for the ESRC-funded project to create the BAWE corpus of British Academic Written English (2004-2007).

She is currently leading the development of the international Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC). Hilary has also collected and analysed the business correspondence component of the JISC-funded BT e-Archive, and was principal investigator for the AHRC Research Networking project ‘Digitising experiences of migration: the development of interconnected letter collections’.

Hilary has developed materials for the study of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) as principal investigator for the project to produce academic writing materials for the British Council ‘Learn English’ website, and as Chief Academic Advisor for the EASE EAP speaking and listening series and as principal investigator. Her research monographs and articles include The Use and Abuse of EFL Dictionaries and Genres across the Disciplines: Student writing in higher education, co-authored with Sheena Gardner.

Vision Statement:

Although communication is at the heart of academic endeavour, there are still huge gaps in our knowledge of how this communication is achieved in different academic contexts. Through my research I want to contribute to our knowledge of the nature of academic discourse, and how it varies across genres, disciplines, levels of study and geographical regions. I also want to find good ways of presenting and explaining this information to scholars and fellow-teachers, so that it can be applied most effectively, at a time when the use of English as an academic lingua franca is rapidly on the rise.

View Hilary's expert directory profile.


Qualifications

  • Certificate, On-line Education and Training: Problems and Principles in the use of Computer Networks for Course Delivery, University of London Institute of Education
  • Ph.D., University College Swansea
  • M.Sc., ESP, University of Aston
  • P.G.C.E., University of Hull
  • B.A., English Language and Literature, University of Leicester

Research Interests

  • English for Specific Purposes
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Language corpora
  • Dictionary design and use
  • Academic writing
  • Academic speech events

Selected Outputs

  • Nesi, H. (2016) 'Corpus studies in EAP'. In Routledge Handbook of English for Academic Purposes. Ed. by Hyland, K., and Shaw, P. Abingdon: Routledge, 207-218
  • Nesi, H. (2015) 'The demands of users and the publishing world: printed or online, free or paid for?'. In The Oxford Handbook of Lexicography. Ed. by Durkin, P. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 579-589.Available from http://https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/ba95a60b-2422-4351-8910-7ff60d8cb71a/1/
  • Gardner, S., Biber, D., and Nesi, H. (2015) 'MDA perspectives on Discipline and Level in the BAWE corpus'. Proceedings of the 8th International Corpus Linguistics conference, 'CL2015'. Held 21-24 July 2015 in Lancaster, UK. 126-128
  • Alsop, S., and Nesi, H. (2015) 'Introductions in engineering lectures'. Proceedings of the 8th International Corpus Linguistics conference, 'CL2015'. Held 21-24 July 2015 in Lancaster, UK. 19-22
  • Alsop, S. and Nesi, H. (2015) 'The pragmatic annotation of a corpus of academic lectures'. In Calzolari, N., Choukri, K., Declerck, T., Loftsson, H., Maegaard, B., Mariani, J., Moreno, A., Odijk, J., and Piperidis, S. Proceedings of LREC 2014, Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, 'LREC 2014'. Held 26-31 May 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland 1560-1563 Available from http://https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/47891848-368a-4448-ba67-e119d946209e/1/ )
  • Nesi, H. (2014) 'Corpus Query Techniques for Investigating Citation in Student Assignments'. In Corpus Analysis for Descriptive and Pedagogic Purposes: English Specialised Discourse. Ed. by Gotti, M., and Giannoni, D.S. Bern: Peter Lang, 85-106
  • Morton, R. and Nesi, H. (2014) 'Corpora, Catalogues and Correspondence: The item-level identification and digitisation of business letters for the British Telecom Correspondence Corpus'. Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Congress 2014, 'Digital Humanities Congress 2014'. Held 4-6 September 2014 in Sheffield, UK. Sheffield: HRI Online Publications Available from http://hridev1.shef.ac.uk/openbook/chapter/DHC2014-MortonNesi
  • Nesi, H. (2014) 'Research timeline: Dictionary use by English language learners'. Language Teaching 47 (1), 38-55. Available from http://https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/640d9a37-f1cd-4981-bf35-5559ce6e8e84/1/
  • Alsop, S., and Nesi, H. (2013) 'Annotating a corpus of spoken English: the Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC)'. GSCP 2012 proceedings, 'GSCP 2012'. Held 29 Feb-03 Mar Mar 2012 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 58-62 Available from http://tinyurl.com/oc4b2jy
  • Nesi, H., and Bae, S. (2013) 'Korean and English ‘dictionary’ questions: what do the public want to know?'. Proceedings of the Asialex 8th International Conference, 'Asialex 8th International Conference'. Held 20-22 Aug 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. 11-19 Available from http://www.asialex2013.org/03_Asialex8_Proceedings_Internet_Papers%201-25.pdf
  • Nesi, H. (2013) 'Researching users and uses of dictionaries'. In The Bloomsbury Companion to Lexicography. Ed. by Jackson, H. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 62-74.Available from http://https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/6a14c938-d8ba-4501-b154-dea8a58c8fdf/1/
  • Alsop, S., Moreton, E., and Nesi, H. (2013) 'The uses of storytelling in university engineering lectures'. ESP Across Cultures 10, 8-19. Available from http://https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/2943bf81-229e-4b86-a111-cfa05f0da25e/1/
  • Gardner, S., and Nesi, H. (2012) 'A classification of genre families in university student writing'. Applied Linguistics 34 (1), 1-29. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/applin/ams024
  • Nesi, H., and Moreton, E. (2012) 'EFL/ESL writers and the use of shell nouns'. In Academic Writing in a Second or Foreign Language: Issues and challenges facing ESL/EFL academic writers in higher education contexts. Ed. by Tang, R. London: Continuum, 126-145
  • Nesi, H. (2012) 'Dictionary Use'. In Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Ed. by Chappelle, C.A. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.Available from http://https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/043061aa-df6d-47cf-aa51-82d183d2ce33/1/
  • Nesi, H. (2012) 'Corpora and ESP'. In The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes. Ed. by Paltridge, B., and Starfield, S. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 407-426.Available from http://https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/5d5aa39e-f5ce-f5b2-33d4-4ee84f8c0d5a/1/
  • Nesi, H., and Gardner, S. (2012) Genres across the Disciplines: Student writing in higher education. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available from http://bit.ly/slWnd5

Selected Funding

  • 2013, Digitising experiences of migration: the development of interconnected letter collections, AHRC, £24,540
  • 2012, Increasing Interoperability between Corpus Tools, JISC strand D, £48,131
  • 2012, Writing for a purpose: materials to improve the quality of discipline-specific student work, Economic and Social Research Council, £61,324
  • 2011-2013, New Connections: the BT e-Archive, JISC, £744,873
  • 2011, The Word Tree corpus interface, JISC Learnability/Usability Strand C: Adaptable and learnable user interfaces for research tools, £26,878
  • 2008-2010, A study of lecturing styles in Malaysia and in the UK, PMI 2 Connect Research Co-operation Award, £36,229
  • 2004-2007, An investigation of genres of assessed writing in British Higher Education, Economic and Social Research Council, £453,594
  • 2002-2005, The enhancement of the British Academic Spoken English corpus, Arts and Humanities Research Board, £230,556
  • 2000-2001, A spoken academic wordlist, EURALEX Laurence Urdang Award, £500
  • 2000-2001, The preparation of a British corpus of spoken academic English, The British Academy SG 30284, £4,995

Research Students

PhD: 15 completions 6 current students

Teaching

  • PhD Supervision
  • MA Modules: Written and Spoken Discourse, Corpus Analysis for English in Professional Contexts, Understanding Academic English
  • MA and Undergraduate dissertation supervision