University of Hertfordshire

Dr Saskia Kersten FHEA


I am Senior Lecturer in English Language and Communication in the School of Humanities.

My publications include a monograph on the mental lexicon and teaching vocabulary to young EFL learners and chapters on fostering the acquisition of formulaic language in EFL learners and on computer-mediated communcation.

Current Projects

Usernames in Social Media

People choose a username when logging on to social media. As part of a larger project, led by Peter Schlobinski and Torsten Siever (both Leibniz University Hannover, Germany), Netaya Lotze from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany) and I analyse usernames used in the UK, including the strategies employed when choosing them.

For more details on this project, please see (in German only)

Buzzwords in Higher Education

Higher education is awash with buzzwords, partnership and partners being two that have gained prominence in recent years. While partnership appears frequently within higher education learning and teaching discourse, there is little consensus about what it actually is. In this interdisciplinary project, Karen Smith (School of Education) and I investigate the discursive profile of partnership, using a mixed methods approach.

See also for an event that took place as part of this project in June 27, 2016

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