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Kevin Gerigk

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Kevin Gerigk

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 7765 010130


I am a second-year PhD (by research only) student with the Department of Lingusitics and English Language, Lancaster University. My thesis looks into spoken English and its representation in EFL materials, especially in listening comprehension. I am using a corpus-informed approach to the functional analysis of spoken English grammar and the use of lexis in casual conversations.

More specifically, my PhD research investigates the level of authenticity of listening comprehension text looking into the representation of phatic and cognitive functions realised through certain grammatical features such as vagueness and backchannelling. I am also looking into lexical features such as lexical density and frequency bands in order to determine the level of authenticity of the language samples students are exposed to when doing listening comprehension tasks.

Besides my interest in research, I have also been a language teacher/tutor in both Germany and the UK for more than eight years. I have taught in various settings spanning from general adult education to Higher Education (PG level). My most recent teaching in Higher Education was as an EAP tutor at a British University in summer 2021. In addition, I currently e-teach teenagers and young adults, who are preparing for their A-Level equivalents or university.

I am a member of IATEFL, BAAL and ISLE.


Research overview

My research interests include Corpus Linguistics, diachronic language change, the influence of popculture on spoken English, spoken Grammar, spoken English, Second Language Acquisition (especially motivation and affective filters), ELT (EFL&ESL) materials development and evaluation.

Career Details

I have been a language teacher/tutor for more than eight years now. Whilst, in my early career, I was mostly involved in planning and convening English courses for adult education centres in Germany (Volkshochschule), more recently my careers has been focussed on A-Level (Abitur) and uni entry preparation courses as an online teacher, mostly in Germany.

In addition, I have experience working in Higher Education as an EAP tutor for a major British university and as an external MA dissertation supervisor.

Moreover, I have been involved in a number of corpus annotation and coding projects (TLC & spoken BNC2014) as an editorial assistant at LAEL. 

Current Research

I am currently working on the above-described PhD research.

In addition, I am working on a study looking into diachronic language change in American and British English as the result of the influence of popculture in the late 90s and early 2000s.