After graduating in this department, he worked in the field of Welsh for Adults for over thirty years, joining the Department of Continuing Education in 1991 as a lecturer and transferring to the Welsh Department, Academi Hywel Teifi in 2010. The Academy has been designated as the leading centre for Welsh for Adults research at a national level and this work is coordinated by him. He was elected as an executive member of BAAL (the British Association for Applied Linguistics) in 2012 and in 2014 he was elected as BAAL treasurer. After successfully applying for research funding of £35,000 from the Welsh Government in 2009, he worked with Heini Gruffudd on ‘Canolfannau Cymraeg and Social Networks of Adult Learners of Welsh in comparatively non-Welsh-speaking communities’. The report was launched at the Senedd, sponsored by Mike Hedges AM, in 2012 and an open forum was held to discuss establishing more Canolfannau Cymraeg and putting the research recommendations into action in the same year. In addition, Steve has completed work with Professor Paul Meara on creating a core vocabulary for levels A1 and A2 on the Common European Framework for Languages in Welsh for Adults and at the moment, he is working with Professor Meara and Professor Tess Fitzpatrick (Cardiff University) on a project using ‘word association’ methodology to create a core vocabulary at B1 level. He is a full member of the Association of Welsh Translators and Interpreters. As well as lecturing in the field of language on the BA degree scheme and supervising research in the field, he is the Academi’s examinations and assessment officer.
Specialist fields: sociolinguistics and applied linguistics, language planning (especially corpus planning), Welsh for Adults and language acquisition, translation.