Dr Candace Veecock

Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics/ELT

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Agency and Agentivity 

The underlying theme of my research is linguistic agency / agentivity. Actions fall under descriptions and languages enable different means for describing actions and their participants. While control and intentionality are essential elements of agency / agentivity, the subject-speaker (the utterer) plays a central role in the attribution of action. It is therefore necessary to shed light on how speakers use different modes of description in the assignment of actions (including praise or blame) and how subjectivity and “cultural subjectivities” of action are mobilized in discourse.

Key areas:

  • agency, agentivity, discourse analysis, semantics, pragmatics
  • EFL teaching & learning, autonomy and motivation
  • hybrid passive constructions (the English get-passive & the French passive se faire+infinitif)

Orcid Account: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0849-2014

Personal profile

Candace Veecock is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics/ELT and is Senior Tutor for the School of Education and English. Candace has a double areas of specialisation in French Linguistics and English Applied Linguistics and her teaching covers Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, English as a Foreign Language and French as a Foreign Language. Before joining UNNC in September 2015, Candace lived and worked in Bordeaux France for 14 years. While in France, Candace taught professional English healthcare communication for five years to students of various healthcare professions including Nurses, X-Ray Technicians and Pedicure-Podiatrists. With extensive experience in Adult Continuing Education as well as teaching, designing and implementing courses and assessments on Medical English and Healthcare Communication, she has also worked with young learners with cognitive and behavioural challenges. 



  • Introduction to English Language Teaching
  • Gender and Society (team-teaching)
  • French (autumn 2019 & 2021)


  • Topics in Applied Linguistics
  • Syllabus Design and Methodology


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Agentivité, modalités de contrôle et subjectivité [Agentivity, modalities of control and subjectivity], Université Michel de Montaigne - Bordeaux III (now Université Bordeaux Montaigne)

Award Date: 31 May 2012

Master, French Studies, York University Toronto

Award Date: 30 Nov 2003

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