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Fiona Willans

School of Language, Arts & Media
University of the South Pacific


Fiona Willans took up the post of Lecturer in Linguistics at USP in January 2015. Prior to this, she was lecturing at King’s College London, teaching courses related to Sociolinguistics, Multilingualism and Language Contact, Language Policy and Planning, Language Ideologies, and English Language Teaching. she have previously taught English at secondary schools in both Vanuatu and The Solomon Islands.

Research Interest

Her research interests include: colonial legacies within language ideologies and language-in-education policies; the potential for bottom-up and ‘sideways’ approaches to medium of instruction issues throughout the Pacific; the status, use and development of pidgins and creoles (particularly Bislama); and the use of ethnography to understand ‘policy’ from as many perspectives as possible.

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