Lecturer in Applied Linguistics
Department of Applied Linguistics
Telephone: (01792) 513109
Room: Office - 329
Third Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

My interest in applied linguistics developed through my work, mainly in South Korea, where I lived and taught from 2000 – 2013. During this time, I completed a course-based MA at the University of New England (Australia) to further my knowledge, and then later completed a research postgraduate MSc at the University of Oxford. These experiences inspired my doctoral research at the University of Oxford, which focused on the use of corrective feedback for the development of grammatical accuracy in second language learners’ writing.

In addition to continuing the line of research on second language writing and feedback, I also teach both undergraduate and postgraduate TESOL courses in the Department of Applied Linguistics.

Areas of Expertise

  • Applied linguistics
  • Second language learning and teaching
  • Second language writing
  • Corrective feedback


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  • ALE108 Language Teaching Methodology

    Examine the historical dimension in language teaching. Introduce students to a variety of possible methods of learning a language. Introduce students to ways of assessing the effectiveness of different methods. Encourage students to consider social and cultural constraints on teaching techniques. Analyse the development of modern communicative methods.

  • ALE200 Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice

    What are some of the factors involved in modern English as a Foreign Language teaching? Students will engage with the essential principles and methodologies for EFL teaching. This will advance their knowledge of the variety of pedagogical approaches relevant to EFL in the classroom. Students will also critically engage with the English language in terms of grammar, lexis and phonology with reference to learner perception of these features.

  • ALED00 Professional Reflective Practice

    Students will produce a portfolio of language teaching products including a detailed profile of a learner, materials for English language teaching and materials for English language testing. This module requires candidates to apply the theoretical aspects of English language teaching to classroom practice.

  • ALEM22 Communicative Language Teaching

    The module covers basic principles, philosophy and the historical development of learning and theory of language learning leading to the communicative approach to language teaching. It addresses the current debate about methods and methodologies in the context of English as an international language.

  • ALEM32 Classroom Teaching Practice

    Practical supervised and assessed English language teaching module open to teachers with qualifications below Cambridge English CELTA or equivalent. Students apply, practise, and critically appraise language teaching methods and principles in ESL classes consisting of volunteer students at two levels of proficiency(CEFR A2/B1 and CEFR B2/C1). The module is prerequisite for ALED00 Professional Reflective Practice.


  • The relationship between the acquisition of articles and vocabulary size among Saudi Arabian learners of English as a second language. (current)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Jill Boggs
    Other supervisor: Dr Vivienne Rogers