Dr. Marina Orsini-Jones

Associate Head (International)

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 
Professor for MA in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics

School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Humanities  

Email: m.orsini@coventry.ac.uk 
Twitter: @mojcudel 
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I am Associate Head of School (International) in the School of Humanities. I am passionate about teaching and learning and have coordinated the MA in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics since 2009, when I led the launch of this programme.

I have extensive experience as external examiner in the HE sector and as an e-learning consultant. I have organised various workshops for other Higher Education Institutions both in the UK and overseas, for example on threshold concepts pedagogy and Online Intercultural Learning. I have presented at over 100 national and international conferences and I am part of the editorial review boards of various journals and conferences. I have led numerous action research projects and teams and in 2013 I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the HEA (Higher Education Academy), in recognition of the national and international impact of my innovative work in languages and linguistics. 

In collaboration with my colleagues in the School of Humanities I have set up new links with Turkey, France, Italy, Mexico, Finland and China. I am fully committed to the dissemination of the values attached to the concept of global citizenship to both staff and students and to the internationalisation of the curriculum.

  • PhD - Title: Towards a role-reversal model of action-research-supported threshold concept pedagogy in languages and linguistics, Coventry University, 2012.
  • MA Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, with distinction, Coventry University, 2008.
  • MA in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language, University of Warwick, 1988.
  • Dott.Lett. Bologna (Foreign Languages and Literature), cum laudem, University of Bologna (Italy), 1984.
Research interests

I have published work on digital literacies, personal development planning, intercultural communicative competence and threshold concepts, often in collaboration with my students, e.g.: Practising Language Interaction via Social Networking Sites: the “expert student’s” perspective on personalized language learning (Orsini-Jones, Pibworth and Brick 2013). I normally reflect on my practice ‘through the looking glass’ of my students’ perspectives (e.g. Towards a Role-Reversal Model of Threshold Concept Pedagogy, 2014). I am currently leading a research team working on an ongoing action-research telecollaboration project that explores features of online interaction and was awarded a £60,000 grant from the Higher Education Academy.

Recent outputs and publications
  • Orsini-Jones, M., Wang, X., and Zhao, J. (2015) ‘Study Skills for Masters’ level ‘through the looking glass’ of Chinese students on the MA in English Language Teaching at Coventry University’ in Masters Level Teaching, Learning and Assessment: Issues in Design and Delivery. Ed. by Kneale, P. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Orsini-Jones, M., Lloyd, E., Gazeley, Z., Lopez-Vera B., and Bescond, G. (2015) ‘Student-driven intercultural awareness raising with MexCo: agency, autonomy and threshold concepts in a telecollaborative project between the UK and Mexico’. In Globalizing On-line: Telecollaboration, Internationalization and Social Justice. Ed. by Tcherepashenets, N. New York, USA:  Peter Lang, 199-239.
  • Orsini-Jones, M. (2015) ‘A reflective e-learning journey from the dawn of CALL to web 2.0 intercultural communicative competence (ICC)’. In 10 years of the LLAS elearning symposium: Case studies in good practice. Ed. by Borthwick, K., Corradini, E., and Dickens, A. Dublin: Research-publishing.net., 43-56.
  • Orsini-Jones, M. (2015) Integrating a MOOC into the MA in English Language Teaching at Coventry University: innovation in blended learning practice. York: Higher Education Academy.
  • Orsini-Jones, M. (2014) ‘Towards a Role-Reversal Model of Threshold Concept Pedagogy’. In O'Mahony, C., Buchanan, A., O'Rourke, M., and Higgs, B. (Eds.) Threshold Concepts: From Personal Practice to Communities of Practice, ‘National Academy's Sixth Annual Conference and the Fourth Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference’. Held 27-29 June 2012 in Dublin, UK. NAIRTL: Dublin, 78-82. 


  • BA English Single and Joint Hons
  • BA French Single and Joint Hons
  • BA Spanish Single and Joint Hons
  • MA English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics
Teaching modules
  • Introduction to Studying English and Languages at University (Undergraduate)
  • Research skills (Postgraduate)
  • Teaching English in Higher Education (Postgraduate)
  • Theory and Methods of Language Learning and Teaching (Postgraduate)

Available for postgraduate dissertations supervision and PhD supervision.

Areas of expertise
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • Student-Centred Threshold Concepts Pedagogy
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (both generic and with specific reference to teaching English and Languages in HE)
  • Quality Monitoring and Assurance
  • Ethics/Research skills
  • Employability
  • Academic practice
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