My main research interests are theoretical and pedagogical models underpinning academic literacy, as well as English language policies and practices, and language teaching methodology. In recent projects, I have developed various genre-based approaches to teaching academic literacy, drawing on corpora of student texts for the creation of teaching and learning resources in different disciplines. In my publications, I promote an inclusive and curriculum-integrated model if academic literacy instruction, which is based on the collaboration of literacy experts with academics in the disciplines. I deliver academic writing workshops on various programmes in ECS, and supervise three PhD students whose work is concerned with academic discourse and literacy practices.
I teach Principles and Practice on the MA Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching and Second and Additional Language Learning on the MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Quantitative Research methods on both programmes. My teaching is directly informed by my own research in language classrooms in English secondary schools.
These are websites that I often use:
- BALEAP: Association for professionals in English for Academic purposes
- InForm: a journal for professionals teaching on International Foundation programmes
- BAAL: the website of the British Association of Applied Linguistics
- Routes into languages: a website that promotes the uptake of modern language study
- FutureLearn: a list of free online courses in all sorts of subject areas