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I joined Aston University in September 2015. Previous to that, I worked as research assistant and lecturer for Business English communication at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna). My PhD thesis, entitled The promotion of bilingualism in businesses in Wales. A critical language policy study, examined Welsh-English corporate bilingualism through the lens of critical discourse studies. During my undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I spent extended research periods at Manchester University, Lancaster University and University of Toronto.

My research interests include all aspects of language and communication in education and workplace settings, as well as language policy and multilingualism from a critical sociolinguistic angle. My current research project investigates the management, promotion and lived experience of ‘language work’ at language education companies through a discourse-ethnographic lens. Other interests include the notion of ‘eliteness’ and multilingualism, Foucault’s notion of governmentality as well as the political economy of language. I am the co-convenor of the recently founded BAAL Special Interest Group in Language Policy.

Teaching Activity

  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • Written Text Analysis
  • Language Policy and Language Planning
  • Leadership and Management Communication 1 & 2

Research Interests

  • Multilingualism and the workplace
  • Language policy, linguistic minorities
  • Critical discourse studies
  • Language ideologies
  • Language, political economy and social inequalities
  • Linguistic ethnography

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • AAA (American Anthropological Association)
  • BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics) SIG Language Policy
  • SLA (Society for Linguistic Anthropology)
  • UKLEF (UK Linguistic Ethnography Forum)
  • VERBAL (Austrian Applied Linguistic Association), former treasurer and board member


  • 2015 – : Lecturer, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University
  • 2009 – 2015: Research and Teaching Assistant, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • 2008-2009: GTP (Graduate Teacher Programme), The Priory School, Dorking, Surrey School
  • 2008: Traineeship at Council of Europe, European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Contact Details

Room: MB732b
Phone: 0121 204 3238
Office hours: Please check specific dates via WASS

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Research Output 2012 2019

Elite Multilingualism

Selleck, C. & Barakos, E., 1 Oct 2019, The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Ethnography. Tusting, K. (ed.). London: Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Elite Multilingualism. Discourses, practices, and debates

Barakos, E. & Selleck, C., 28 May 2019, In : Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. 40, 5, p. 361-374 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

knowledge economy
language policy
social justice

Managing, interpreting and negotiating corporate bilingualism in Wales

Barakos, E., 31 May 2018, English in business and commerce: Interactions and Policies. Sherman, T. & Nekvapil, J. (eds.). Berlin and New York: Walter De Gruyter

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

language policy
data capture
language education

Activities 2014 2018

  • 6 Publication peer-review
  • 1 Examination
  • 1 Hosting an academic visitor
  • 1 Membership of network

Language Policy (Journal)

Elisabeth Barakos (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Christiane Dalton-Puffer

Elisabeth Barakos (Host)

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Language and Intercultural Communication (Journal)

Elisabeth Barakos (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

External Examiner UG Applied Linguistics and Comunication

Elisabeth Barakos (Examiner)

Activity: Examination typesExamination

Critical Discourse Studies: an Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Sciences (Journal)

Elisabeth Barakos (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review