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I hold a PhD in Applied Linguistics (University of Birmingham), MSc in TESOL (California State University) and Executive MBA (Newcastle University). Prior to joining the Department of Education at York in 2009, I lectured at the universities of La Trobe (Australia), Newcastle (UK) and Birmingham (UK).
I have been involved in the design, delivery and leadership of the following modules: Discourse Analysis and Language Teaching; Language Curriculum Design and Evaluation; Teaching and Learning Language; Planning and Communicating Research; Independent Study Module (MA dissertations); Research Methods in Applied Linguistics and TESOL; Introduction to Skills for Studying Education and for Studying English in Education.
I have held the following key departmental roles:
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I conduct research into classroom discourse and interaction, dialogic pedagogy and teacher education across all phases of education in high and low-income countries. I am currently carrying out a Randomised Controlled Trial of a teacher professional development intervention designed to improve the quality of classroom talk, learning and attainment in schools serving socially deprived areas of England. Informed by my research, I contribute to staff professional development courses on teaching and learning in schools and higher education.
Nor Haslynda A. Rahman - The primary English language curriculum in Malaysia: From reform to classroom practice.
Erdem Akbas - Commitment-detachment and authorial presence in postgraduate academic writing: A comparative study of Turkish native speakers, Turkish speakers of English and English native speakers.
Golebamang Galegane - Interactional patterns in communication and study skills classes at the University of Botswana
David Brining - The challenges faced by teachers of English as a second language to young learners in international contexts and their training and development needs and opportunities
Clare Cunningham, A study of the linguistic and social experiences of isolated English language learners in UK primary schools and their sense of identity.
Noha Sami Halabi, Investigating learner autonomy in a Saudi Arabian context.
David Kirkham, Getting them out there: Overcoming barriers to cultural exploration by international students in the UK.
Sermin Arslan, The discourse of student-initiated contributions in language classrooms.