Josep-Maria Cots

Josep-Maria Cots is professor of English and applied linguistics in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lleida, where he teaches courses in pragmatics, discourse analysis, intercultural communication, multilingual education, and English language. His research focuses on applied discourse analysis, foreign language teaching and learning, multilingualism, and intercultural competence. He adopts a qualitative approach (sociolinguistic ethnography and discourse analysis) to study the development of multilingual and intercultural competence in the context of specific language policies in secondary and tertiary education. He has published 8 books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. Josep Maria is co-director of a research team including 13 researchers and 5 trainee researchers and has been the lead researcher in several competitive funded research projects. Since 2002, his research has been awarded a total of 15 grants from different institutions. At the moment he supervises 5 PhD theses.

  • Multilingual policies in educational institutions
  • Multilingualism as an individual and a social phenomenon
  • Language, culture and identity issues in intercultural encounters
  • Internationalisation, linguae francae and minority languages
  • Mir, M.; Cots, J.M. (2017) Beyond saying thanks. Compliment responses in American English and Peninsular Spanish. Languages in Contrast, 17 (1): 128-150. DOI 10.1075/LIC.17.1.06mir
  • Cots, J.M.; Aguilar, M.; Mas, S.; Llanes, A. (2016) Studying the impact of academic mobility on intercultural competence: a mixed-methods perspective. Special issue of Language Learning Journal, 44 (3) [November 2016].
  • Martin-Rubió, X.; Cots, J. M. (2016) Englishisation at a global space: students and staff making sense of language choices. Language and intercultural communication, 16: 402-417.
  • Cots, J.M., Garrett, P.; Lasagabaster, D. (2016) Studying (abroad) at a multilingual university? Comparing the perspectives of home and international students in bilingual universities. Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education 1 (1) [April 2016].
  • Gallego-Balsà, L. & Cots, J.M. (2016). ‘Living to the rhythm of the city’: Internationalisation of universities and tourism discourse in Catalonia. Language, Culture and Curriculum 29 (1): 6-21.
  • Cots, J. M; Clemente, M. (2015) The discursive construction of teacher expertise in tandem-taught CLIL classes at university. Knapp, A. & Aguado, K. (eds.) Fremdsprachen in Studium und Lehre: Chancen und Herausforderungen für den Wissenserwerb. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang, 71-97.
  • Cots, J. M. (2015) Otherisation and non-otherisation strategies in the ABC model. Finkbeiner, C. & Lazar, A. (eds.) Getting to Know Ourselves and Others Through the ABCs:  A Journey Toward Intercultural Understanding. Greenwich, USA: IAP Publishing; 101-116
  • Cots, J. M., Llurda, E.; Garrett, P. (eds.) (2014) Language policies and practices in the internationalisation of higher education on the European margins: an introduction. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. Special Issue 35/4.
  • Lasagabaster, D.; Cots, J. M.; Mancho, G. (2013) Teaching staff´s views about the internationalisation of higher education: the case of two bilingual communities in Spain. Multilingua, 32/6: 751-778.
  • Llurda, E.; Cots, J. M.; Armengol, L. (2013) Expanding language borders in a bilingual institution aiming at trilingualism. Hartmut Haberland, Dorte Lønsmann & Bent Preisler (eds.). Language Alternation, Language Choice and Language Encounter in International Education. Dordrecht: Springer, 203-222.
  • Armengol, L. Cots, J.M., Llurda, E.; Mancho, G. (eds.) (2013) Universitats internacionals i plurilingües? Entre les polítiques i les pràctiques a les universitats de Catalunya. Lleida: Publicacions i edicions de la Universitat de Lleida.
  • Cots, J. M. (2012). English medium instruction at the University of Lleida: policy, beliefs and practices. In Doiz, A.; Lasagabaster, D.;  Sierra, J.M. (eds.) English-medium instruction at universities: global challenges.  Bristol, England: Multilingual Matters; pp. 106-130
  • Cots, J.M.(2012) Language awareness. Chapelle, C. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Blackwell Publishing. DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0608
  • Cots, J. M.; Espelt, L. (2012).  The voices of immigrant students in the classroom: discourse practices and language learning in a Catalan-Spanish bilingual environment. In Alcón Soler, E.; Safont Jordà, M.P. (eds.) Discourse and learning across L2 instructional contexts.  Amsterdam, Holanda: Rodopi.
  • Cots, J.M., Lasagabaster, D.; Garrett, P.  (2012). Multilingual policies and practices of universities in bilingual regions in Europe. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 216: 7-32.
  • Garrett, P.; J.M. Cots; D. Lasagabaster; Llurda, E. (2012) Internationalization and the place of minority languages in universities in three European bilingual contexts: A comparison of student perspectives in the Basque Country, Catalonia and Wales. In Yiakoumetti, A. (ed.) Harnessing Linguistic Diversity to Improve Education. Oxford: Peter Lang; pp. 139-166.

Graduate level:

  •  Intercultural communication
  • Multilingual and intercultural education

Undergraduate level:

  • Pragmatics in English
  • Discourse analysis applied to English
  • English for Academic Purposes

Current postgraduate research supervision

  • Title: From multilingual graduates to multilingual professionals: a critical analysis of educational and professional discourses of multilingualism
    Student: Carme Rosell-Trullols
  • Title: Chronotopic Identities of Study Abroad Returnees
    Student: Patricia Jiménez-Cortiella
  • Title: CLIL implementation in tertiary education from an ecological perspective
    Student: Mercè Clemente-Font
  • Title: Autobiographical narratives and identiy (re)construction by students taking part in study-abroad programmes.
    Student: Sònia Mas Alcolea
  • Title: The place of minority language and linguae francas in researchers’ professional mobility in Europe.
    Student: Helena Torres Purroy