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I am Programme Leader for the PhD Programme in Applied Linguistics (offered jointly by the Department of Education and the Department of Language and Linguistics).
I teach a variety of core and option modules on the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, as well as Undergraduate modules on Language in Education and Skills for Studying Education.
I joined the Department on 1 October 2015 as a lecturer in language education.
Before this, I taught languages and a variety of linguistics courses at the Open University for eight years, specialising on developing distance language learning materials for German in particular.
I have also worked at the University of Plymouth and University of Exeter as a research fellow in student learning, and taught language modules at the University of Exeter and Durham.
I completed my PhD at the University of Exeter in Bilingual First Language Acquisition in 1999. I completed my first degree in French, History and Education Studies at the University of Munster, Germany, in 1990. I completed my PGCE (Modern Languages) at the University of Oxford in 1993.
I have three main research interests:
My research takes me into schools (secondary and primary), but also engages learners in different settings.
I use both qualitative and quantitative methods, including questionnaires, interviews and focus groups, and prefer using mixed methods in most research projects.
I currently work on these projects and themes:
Intervention for school students to change attitudes and motivation for language learning
The social divide in language learning in the UK
The Englishisation of Education in Europe
Motivation for language learning in the UK and language learning decline
New teaching programme for teaching English as Medium of Instruction for Higher Education staff
Workshop on conceptualisations of bilingualism
At York, I collaborate with Paul Roberts and Dr Nadia Mifka-Profozic, and externally with Martin Lamb (Leeds), Gary Fisher (Leeds), Hannah Doughty (Strathclyde), Kristina Hultgren (Open University), among others.
I supervise a number of MA students annually.