Hamish is a Departmental Lecturer in Applied Linguistics in the Department of Education at The University of Oxford. His current principal interest is in empirical evaluation of teaching approaches that incorporate multilingual learners’ home language practices. He is also interested in research methodology, research synthesis, and dissemination of research findings to professional and lay audiences outside of academia. He is director of IDESR.org, the International Database of Education Systematic Reviews.
Hamish qualified as a primary school teacher in 1997. He taught initially in Bath, UK before moving to South East Asia, where he worked in the international sector until 2013. Following extensive experience working with multilingual learners in mainstream international education, he became Director of EAL in a large international school serving children aged 3 to 18, 90% of whom spoke a language other than English at home. As Director of EAL he led a team of EAL specialists responsible for direct support of EAL learners, staff development, the school’s EAL policy, and managing the interface between teachers, EAL learners and their parents.
He is a member of R.E.A.L. (Research in EAL), the research group convened by fellow NALDIC Executive Committee member Prof Victoria Murphy, at the University of Oxford. He is the Editor of NALDIC’s blog EALJournal.org, and sits of NALDIC’s publications committee.