My research interests lie in the relationships between language and education. These include the analysis of discourse in educational contexts, academic and professional discourse, and English Language learning and teaching. I am particularly interested in the application of research in corpus linguistics to education and have been involved in the design, development, and research of a number of spoken (academic and learner) corpora to investigate the construction of knowledge in classroom contexts, speaking skills, and language use in intercultural contexts.
I teach on the following modules: Education Studies Tutorial (PGCE); Language Learning for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Masters); Language Awareness for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Masters); TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy (Doctoral).
I supervise doctoral students (EdD and PhD) in the following areas: Academic and Professional Discourse, e.g. English for Specific Purposes (ESP) for healthcare professionals; Metadiscourse in Research Article Writing. TESOL, e.g. Word frequency, complexity and English Language Proficiency; Computer mediated communication and English Language Learning and Teaching; EAL and academic literacy.
Achievements and Distinctions
QUB Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence (2014)
EdD Coordinator (Professional Doctorate in Education)
MSc TESOL Coordinator
English Language Education at University: Trends and Challenges in Teaching and Learning Academic Discourse in the UK
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Activity: External academic engagement › Membership of external research organisation
Activity: External academic engagement › Membership of peer review panel or committee
Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publications › Editorial activity
Contribution to conference papers, events and activities