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Fergus O'Dwyer PhD



01 805 7700
St Patrick's, Room 8


Trinity International Foundation Programme

Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes and Sociology


B.B.S.: Marketing and Languages (Japanese and Spanish; T.U. Dublin) M.A. (Applied Linguistics; Monash University) PhD (Linguistics; University College Dublin)

Research / Professional Interests

Implementation of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Learning-oriented Assessment (LOA)

Sociolinguistics, Sociopragmatics/Humour, Discourse Analysis, Irish English, Sports Studies,


(Sole author, unless stated; see also https://marino.academia.edu/FergusODwyer)

Books/edited volumes:

2020: Linguistic Variation and Social Practices of Normative Masculinity: Authority and Multifunctional Humour in a Dublin Sports Club (Studies in Sociolinguistics series).Milton Park: Routledge.

O’Dwyer, Fergus, Hunke, Morten, Imig, Alexander, Nagai, Noriko, Naganuma, Naoyuki & Schmidt, Maria Gabriela (eds.) (2017) Critical, Constructive Assessment of CEFR-informed Language Teaching in Japan and Beyond (The English Profile Studies series, volume 6). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Schmidt, Maria Gabriela, Naganuma, Naoyuki, O’Dwyer, Fergus, Imig, Alexander, & Sakai, Kazumi (eds.) (2010) Can do statements in language education in Japan and beyond- Applications of the CEFR.  Tokyo: Asahi Press.

Journal Articles/Chapters

2022: The functions of collegial humour in male–only sporting interactions Te Reo [A special issue on the Linguistics of Sport, edited by Guest Editor Nick Wilson], 64(2), 15-36 https://nzlingsoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/1-ODwyer-pg-16-36.pdf

“Confrontational humour in a Dublin sports club flouting the conversational maxims of indirectness: “just letting things go and having a laugh”” In Lucek, Stephen and Amador Moreno, Carolina P. (Eds.) Expanding the Landscapes of Irish English: Research in Honour of Jeffrey Kallen (Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics), 178-196. New York: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003025078-13

2021: Kostopoulou, Stergiani & O’Dwyer, Fergus; “We learn from each other”: peer review writing practices in English for Academic Purposes Language Learning in Higher Education, 11(1), 67–91. https://doi.org/10.1515/cercles-2021-2006

“The functions of cursing in humourous Dublin sport club interactions Emphatic functions of cursing amplify the humourous effect” In Gender and identity in humorous discourse, edited by Linares-Bernabéu, Esther (ed.), Studien zur romanischen Sprachwissenschaft und interkulturellen Kommunikation, 51-74. Berlin: Peter Lang. ISBN: 978-3-631-84910-1 DOI: https://doi.org/10.3726/b18128

Runnels, Judith & O’Dwyer, Fergus “Teacher Reflections on a Learning Cycle in EFL Writing Classes: An Action Research Study” Writing and Pedagogy, 12(1), 205–221. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/WAP/article/view/18078/20217https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.34062

2020: O’Dwyer, Fergus, Hunke, Morten & Schmidt, Gabriela; The EALTA UKALTA ‘Roadmap’ conference—The CEFR: a road map for future research and development—meeting overview. The CEFR Journal  2(1), 89–97. https://cefrjapan.net/images/PDF/Newsletter/CEFRJournal-2-8_Roadmap_conference.pdf

2019: "Slit-t in Dublin English" In Language Variation - European Perspectives IX: Selected Papers from the 9th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 5), Malaga, June 2017, edited by Juan-Andrés Villena-Ponsoda et al. Studies in Language Variation. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. https://doi.org/10.1075/silv.22.10odw

2018: Hunke, Morten, Imig, Alexander & O’Dwyer, Fergus; The CEFR as an immigrant in the globalised world - Considerations from an Asian perspective. In Anikó Brandt, Astrid Buschmann-Göbels, Claudia Harsch (eds) The CEFR and its Adaptation in the Higher Education Context: Proceedings of the 6th Bremen Symposium. Bochum: Verein zur Förderung des AKS e.V. 88-103

2017: Naganuma, Naoyuki, Nagai Noriko & O'Dwyer, Fergus;Applying the CEFR to English for Academic Purposes textbooks. In O'Dwyer et al. (eds.), 77-94.

(with other co-editors) Introduction: Towards critical, constructive assessment of CEFR-informed language teaching in Japan and beyond. In O'Dwyer et al. (eds.), 3-17.

Bringing critical, constructive assessment of CEFR-informed language teaching forward. In O'Dwyer et al. (eds.), 315-326.

2016:"Attribute Mining and Stancetaking in a Dublin Sports Club", Trinity College Working Papers in Linguistics (Proceedings of the 6th Sociolinguistics Summer School 6), 104-114, available: https://goo.gl/ypEH7t

 "Classroom activities to understand humour". In Donna Katsuki & Donna Fujimoto (eds.), Filling the gaps in Pragmatics teaching materials Tokyo: JALT. 53-62.

2015: O’Dwyer, Fergus & de Boer, Mark; Approaches to assessment in CLIL [Content and Language Integrated Learning] classrooms: Two case studies. Language Learning in Higher Education, 5(2), 397–421. https://doi.org/10.1515/cercles-2015-0019

"An introduction to Irish English. Carolina P. Amador-Moreno. 2010. London: Equinox. xi + 191 pp. Dialects of English: Irish English. Volume 1 - Northern Ireland. Karen P. Corrigan. 2010. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. xiii + 193 pp." World Englishes 34(2): 306-309. https://doi.org/10.1111/weng.12144

Naganuma, Naoyuki, Nagai, Noriko & O’Dwyer, Fergus; Connections to Thinking in English The CEFR-informed textbook series A2+/B1 to B1+ Tokyo: Asahi Press [Textbook]

2014: O’Dwyer, Fergus & Runnels, Judith. Bringing learner self-regulation practices forward. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, 5(4), 404-422, available: https://goo.gl/mqTznn

O’Dwyer, Fergus, Imig Alexander & Nagai, Noriko; Connectedness through a strong form of TBLT [Task-based Language Learning and Teaching], classroom implementation of the CEFR, cyclical learning, and learning-oriented assessment. Language Learning in Higher Education, 3(2), 231- 53. https://doi.org/10.1515/cercles-2013-0012

2012: Mini World Englishes Research. In Aya Matsuda (ed.), Teaching English as an international language: Principles and practices. Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 206-210.

Nagai, Noriko & O’Dwyer, Fergus; The actual and potential impacts of the CEFR on language education in Japan, Synergies Europe n° 6 – 2011, 141-52. https://gerflint.fr/Base/Europe6/noriko.pdf

 Research-based Politeness Presentations. In Jim Ronald, Ken Fordyce & Carol Rinnert (Eds.), Pragtivities Bringing Pragmatics to the Classroom. Tokyo: JALT. 231-35.

Funded Projects

  • 2016-2019: Project member of European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe-funded A quality assurance matrix for CEFR use (https://goo.gl/NvdgbR)
  • Founding member and former coordinator of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and Language Portfolio" Special Interest Group/network within the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) in 2008.
  • Project title: Developing an integrated skills textbook based on the CEFR; facilitating autonomous learning and teaching Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research: 4,003,000 Yen (=€31,200). Output: strengthening of network; textbook published.
  • Host researcher for Judith Runnels (University of Bedfordshire), JSPS Summer Research Fellowship Programme 2014, project title: Conceptualization and Operationalization of the CEFR by English language teachers in a tertiary Japanese EFL context
  • Critical, constructive assessment CEFR-informed language teaching in Japan and beyond.Principal investigator (5 co-investigators): JSPS Grant: 4,420,000 Yen (=€34,300). Output: Edited volume published by Cambridge University Press, International Symposium with online resources for educators, solidification of teacher network.