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Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, The Open University

Frank Monaghan is an Honorary Associate of the4 School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University, which he joined in 2003 after working as an EAL and English teacher in a large, multilingual comprehensive in Central London for twenty years.
He is a co-opted member of NALDIC (the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum), the UK's EAL professional Association and editor of NALDIC Quarterly.
His expertise and research interests are in Linguistic Landscapes, bilingualism, EAL and mathematics, language and art, and the language of football fans and their banners.
He supports Liverpool Football Club.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Education and Language Studies, The Open University
  • 1983–2003
    EAL Teacher, Literacy & Numeracy Coordinator, North Westminster Community School
  • 1999–2001
    Senior Research Fellow, Reading University
  • 1978–1980
    Lektor in English Language and Literature, Mannheim University, West Germany


  • 1997 
    Reading University, PhD
  • 1991 
    Birkbeck College, London University, MA Applied Linguistics
  • 1983 
    Institute of Education, London University, PGCE TESOL
  • 1978 
    Queen Mary College, London University, BA German


  • 2014
    Seeing Red: football fan activism and social media, The Language of Social Media' (Eds.) P. Seargeant & C. Tagg
  • 2010
    Thinking Aloud Means Talking Allowed: group work in the primary school mathematics classroom, Issues in Teaching Numeracy in Primary Schools. (2nd ed.)
  • 2010
    Mainstream participatory approaches: EAL from slipstream to mainstream, English as an Additional Language. (Eds.) C. Leung & A. Creese
  • 2009
    Mapping the Mathematical Langscape, Multilingualism in Mathematics Classrooms: Global Perspectives. (Ed.) R. Barwell
  • 2005
    'Don't think in your head, think aloud: ICT and exploratory talk in the primary classroom, Research in Mathematics Education
  • 2003
    Entering the List: campaigning for bilingual education on the Internet, Language and Education