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IOE doctoral student elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

15 April 2021

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) doctoral student Kevin W. H. Tai has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) for his outstanding contributions to social advancement through research in multilingualism and classroom discourse.

Kevin Tai

The prestigious Fellowship of the RSA is granted to individuals who have been recognised by an award panel as having made outstanding achievements for social progress and development. Notable past and present Fellows include Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, Adam Smith, Tim Berners-Lee, Dame Judi Dench and Stephen Hawking.

Kevin is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) scholar and doctoral candidate in applied linguistics at the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics.

His research interests include language education policy, classroom discourse, and qualitative research methods. As an applied and educational linguist, he is determined to make a difference to the field of language education through conducting research that can inspire educators to implement multilingual pedagogies that bring the diverse language practices of multilingual students to the forefront of their teaching. By doing this, more equitable and transformative learning environments for students can be constructed.

His research has appeared in international peer-reviewed journals, including ‘Classroom Discourse’, ‘Language and Education’, ‘Linguistics and Education’, ‘System’, ‘Applied Linguistics’, and the ‘International Journal of Science Education’.

Kevin said: “It is a great honour and I am absolutely delighted to become a Fellow of such a prestigious, international, and historical society. I look forward to contribute to the Fellowship and RSA's mission through my research on language education.”