Mike Baynham is Professor of TESOL in the School of Education. His professional background is in Adult ESOL and Literacy. Before coming to Leeds, he spent ten years in Sydney at the University of Technology, Sydney where he was Director of the Centre for Language and Literacy and before that he worked in London in Adult and Higher Education. Mike's academic background is in sociolinguistics, but he has always been involved in and committed to Applied Linguistics.
His research interests include oral narrative. From narrative he developed an interest in speech representation in both narrative and non narrative contexts. Other areas of interest are socially situated perspectives on literacy, in particular academic literacies, classroom discourse, language and maths.
He is currently a co-investigator on the AHRC Translating Cultures project Translation and translanguaging: Investigating linguistic and cultural transformations in superdiverse wards in four UK cities (2014-2018). He is also co-investigator on the ESRC seminar series Queering ESOL: towards a cultural politics of adult ESOL.