Skip to content

Picture of Jenks, Christopher (Dr)
Jenks, Christopher (Dr)
Associate Professor
Room No.AG429
Tel2766 7495
EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Find Christopher Jenks at Google Scholar

Research Overview

My research is broadly related to three areas of research: discourse analysis, global Englishes, and English language teaching. Within these sometimes overlapping areas, I investigate issues ranging from translingualism to Asian Englishes. I am particularly interested in how spoken and written discourse performs a range of communicative actions (e.g., trolling and arguing) and indexes a number of social phenomena (e.g., nationalism and race). Discourse analysis also guides the research that I carry out in language pedagogy. I enjoy uncovering the discourse structure and organization of important pedagogical issues, including longitudinal learning, classroom discussions, and computer-mediated communication. Furthermore, I am committed to understanding critical pedagogical issues, such as how race and ethnicity inform our understanding of language teaching. My scholarship on global Englishes covers lingual franca encounters, language identities, student ideologies, and transnationalism. The contexts in which I conduct my research is exceptionally important to how I carve out my publications, and include online encounters, classroom learning, and intercultural interactions.

Teaching Areas

Discourse Analysis
Intercultural Communication
Language Teaching and Learning
Technology-Mediated Communication

Research Interests

Applied Linguistics
National Identities
Global Englishes
Language Teaching and Learning

Research Output


Jenks, C.J. (2017). Race and Ethnicity in English Language Teaching: Korea in Focus. Multilingual Matters.

Jenks, C.J., & Lee, J.W. (Eds.) (2017). Korean Englishes in Transnational Contexts. Palgrave Macmillan.

Ladegaard, H.J., & Jenks, C.J. (Eds.) (2017). Language and Intercultural Communication in the Workplace: Critical Approaches to Theory and Practice. Routledge.

Jenks, C.J., Lou, J.J., L., & Bhatia, A. (Eds.) (2015). The Discourse of Culture and Identity in National and Transnational Contexts. Routledge.

Jenks, C.J., & Seedhouse, P. (Eds.) (2015). International Perspectives on ELT Classroom Interaction. Palgrave MacMillan.

Jenks, C.J. (2014). Social Interaction in Second Language Chat Rooms. Edinburgh University Press.

Jenks, C.J. (2011). Transcribing Talk and Interaction: Issues in the Representation of Communication Data. John Benjamins.

Seedhouse, P., Walsh, S., & Jenks, C.J. (Eds.) (2010). Conceptualising Learning in Applied Linguistics. Palgrave MacMillan.  Runner-up for the 2011 BAAL Book Prize

Journal Articles

Jenks, C.J. (2019). Talking trolls into existence: On the floor management of trolling in online forums. Journal of Pragmatics, 143, 54-64.

Jenks, C.J. (2018). Meat, guns, and God: Expressions of nationalism in rural America. Linguistic Landscapes, 4 (1), 53-71.

Jenks, C.J. (2018). English for sale: Using race to create value in the Korean ELT market. Applied Linguistics Review.

Bhatia, A., & Jenks, C.J. (2018). Fabricating the American Dream in U.S. media portrayals of Syrian refugees: A discourse analytical study. Discourse & Communication, 12 (3).

Lee, J.W., & Jenks, C.J. (2018). Aestheticizing language: Metapragmatic distance and unequal Englishes in Hong Kong. Asian Englishes.      

Jenks, C.J. (2017). The semiotics of learning Korean at home: An ecological autoethnographic perspective. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 20 (6), 688-703.      

Jenks, C.J., & Lee, J.W. (2016). Heteroglossic ideologies in world Englishes: An examination of the Hong Kong context. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 26 (3), 384-402.

Lee, J.W., & Jenks, C.J. (2016). Doing translingual dispositions: Considerations from a US-Hong Kong partnership. College Composition and Communication, 68 (2), 317-344.

Ladegaard, H.J., & Jenks, C.J. (2015). Language and intercultural communication in the workplace: Critical approaches to theory and practice. Language and Intercultural Communication, 15 (1), 1-12.

Jenks, C.J., & Brandt, A. (2013). Managing mutual orientation in the absence of physical co-presence: Multi-party voice-based chat room interaction. Discourse Processes, 50 (4), 227-248.

Jenks, C.J. (2013). Working with transcripts: An abridged review of issues in transcription. Language and Linguistic Compass, 7 (4), 251-261.

Brandt, A., & Jenks, C.J. (2013). Computer-mediated spoken interaction: Aspects of trouble in multi-party chat rooms. Language@Internet, Article 4, 1-18.

Jenks, C.J. (2013). 'Your pronunciation and your accent is very excellent’: Orientations of identity during compliment sequences in English as a lingua franca encounters. Language and Intercultural Communication, 13 (2), 165-181.

Jenks, C.J., Bhatia, A., Lou, J.J. (2013). The discourse of culture and identity in national and transnational contexts. Language and Intercultural Communication, 13 (2), 121-125.

Jenks, C.J. (2013). Are you an ELF? The relevance of ELF as an equitable social category in online intercultural communication. Language and Intercultural Communication, 13 (1), 95-108.

Jenks, C.J. (2012). Doing being reprehensive: Some interactional features of English as a lingua franca in a chat room. Applied Linguistics, 33 (4), 386-405.

Jenks, C.J., Firth, A., & Trinder, L. (2012). When disputants dispute: Interactional aspects of arguments in family mediation sessions. Text & Talk, 32 (3), 307-327.

Brandt, A., & Jenks, C.J. (2011). 'Is it okay to eat a dog in Korea…like China?' Assumptions of national food-eating practices in intercultural interaction. Language and Intercultural Communication, 11 (1), 41-58.

Trinder, L., Jenks, C.J., & Firth, A. (2010). Talking children into being in absentia: Children as a strategic and contingent resource in family court dispute resolution. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 22 (2), 234-257.

Trinder, L., Firth, A. & Jenks, C.J. (2010). So presumably things have moved on since then? The interactional management of risk allegations in child contact dispute resolution. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 24 (1), 29-53.

Jenks, C.J. (2009). Exchanging missing information in tasks: Old and new interpretations. The Modern Language Journal, 93 (2), 185-194.

Jenks, C.J. (2009). When is it appropriate to talk? Managing overlapping talk in multi-participant voice-based chat rooms. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 22 (1), 19-30.

Jenks, C.J. (2009). Getting acquainted in Skypecasts: Aspects of social organization in online chat rooms. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 19 (1), 26-46.

Jenks, C.J. (2007). Floor management in task-based interaction: The interactional role of participatory structures. System, 35 (4), 609-622.

Book Chapters

Jenks, C.J. (2018). Learning through social media. In J. Richards & A. Burns (Eds.), The Cambridge Guide to Learning English as a Second Language (pp. 335-342). Cambridge University Press.

Jenks, C.J. (2018). Uncooperative lingua franca encounters. In J. Jenkins, W. Baker, & M. Dewey (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca. Routledge.

Jenks, C.J. (2018). Recording and transcribing talk and interaction. In U. Flick. (Ed.), SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection. SAGE.

Jenks, C.J. (2018). Chat rooms. In B. Warf (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Internet. SAGE.

Jenks, C.J. (2016). Linguistic issues in global Englishes. Oxford Bibliographies in Communication. Oxford University Press.

Jenks, C.J. (2016). Talking national identities into being in ELF interactions: An investigation of international postgraduate students in the UK. In P. Holmes & F. Dervin (Eds.), The Cultural and Intercultural Dimensions of English as a Lingua Franca. Multilingual Matters.

Jenks, C.J., & Seedhouse, C.J. (2015). Applying global perspectives on ELT classroom interaction to current issues in language teaching. In C.J. Jenks & P. Seedhouse (Eds.), International Perspectives on ELT Classroom Interaction. Palgrave MacMillan.

Seedhouse, P., & Jenks, C.J. (2015). International perspectives on ELT classroom interaction: An introduction. In C.J. Jenks & P. Seedhouse (Eds.), International Perspectives on ELT Classroom Interaction. Palgrave MacMillan.

Jenks, C.J. (2014). Conversation analysis. In C. Leung & B. Street (Eds.), Handbook of English Language Studies (pp. 274-286). Routledge.

Jenks, C.J., & Firth, A. (2013). Interaction in synchronous voice-based computer-mediated communication. In S. Herring, D. Stein, & T. Virtanen (Eds.), Handbook of the Pragmatics of Computer-Mediated Communication (pp. 209-234). Mouton de Gruyter.

Jenks, C.J. (2012). Analysis of dialogue. In C. Chapelle (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics: Analysis of Discourse and Interaction. Wiley-Blackwell.

Walsh, S., & Jenks, C.J. (2010). An introduction to conceptualising ‘learning’ in Applied Linguistics. In P. Seedhouse, S. Walsh, & C.J. Jenks (Eds.), Conceptualising Learning in Applied Linguistics (pp. 1-5). Palgrave MacMillan.

Jenks, C.J. (2010). Adaptation in online voice-based chat rooms: Implications for language learning. In P. Seedhouse, S. Walsh, & C.J. Jenks (Eds.), Conceptualising Learning in Applied Linguistics (pp. 147-162). Palgrave MacMillan.

Research Projects (funded projects – both internal and external)

Overseas Korean Studies and Heritage Foundation, University of Southern California (2016)

Curriculum Transformation Grant, University of South Dakota (2015)

Summer Research Grant, University of South Dakota (2015)

University Start-Up Grant, City University of Hong Kong (2012-2014)

Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) (2008-2009)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (2008-2009)

Plenary/Keynotes Talks

Jenks, C.J. (2018, Aug.). Poststructuralism in ELT: A sustainability problem? ELT Thailand. Bangkok, Thailand.

Jenks, C.J. (2013, July). Interactional competence versus pragmatic competence in second language chat rooms: Implications for language teaching. 13th China Pragmatics Conference. Hangzhou, China.

Jenks, C.J. (2013, May). Interactional competence in second language chat rooms: Implications for teaching and learning. UPALS 2nd International Conference on Languages. Penang, Malaysia.

Jenks, C.J. (2011, Dec.). Technology studies in applied linguistics: Key themes and ways forward. 3rd International Conference on Language and Communication. Bangkok, Thailand.

Esteemed Measures

Editorial/Advisory board memberships

Classroom Discourse

Awards and honours 

Overseas Research Student Award, Universities UK (2004-2006)

Postgraduate Student Bursary, Newcastle University (2004-2006)

International Research Scholarship, Newcastle University (2003-2006)