Thomas Hammond

School of English

PhD Research Student


I am a third-year PhD student investigating the role of formulaic language in the acquisition of a second language. I teach on various undergraduate modules across the autumn and spring semesters, and on pre-sessional courses throughout the summer. Previously, I taught English in secondary/further education institutions and as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Italy.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

MA Applied Linguistics with TESOL, University of Sheffield

CELTA, University of Cambridge

BA (Hons) English Language and Italian, University of Manchester

Research interests

Broadly speaking, my research concerns the interaction of cognitive and generative approaches to (second) language development. I am interested in how the frequent and early usage of memorised ‘chunks’ of language can interact with the development of the core computational component of grammar. I favour the use of corpus-based methods to manipulate spoken longitudinal learner data when analysing patterns in interlanguage development.

Research group

Supervisor: Dr. Kook-Hee Gil

Teaching activities

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) University of Sheffield (2021 - present)


ELL112 Sounds of English

ELL113 Structures of English

ELL120 Linguistic Theory

ELL310 Introduction to TESOL

EGH607 Research Methods

Teaching Fellow (English for Academic Purposes) (2019 - present)

Durham University (2020 - present)

University of Sheffield (2020)

University of Birmingham (2019)

English Teacher (various) (2017 - 2019)