Steve’s teaching and research focus on Applied Linguistics and the Welsh language, primarily in the fields of sociolinguistics, language planning, language acquisition and linguistics. He has over thirty years experience as a teaching, assessment and curriculum practitioner in the Welsh language, joining the Department of Continuing Education in 1991 as a lecturer before transferring to the Department of Welsh in 2010.
Steve’s research has underpinned a number of national Welsh language initiatives:
- A Welsh Government funded report, coauthored with Heini Gruffudd, ‘ Canolfannau Cymraeg - Full Report ’ (launched at the Senedd in 2012) underpinned the establishment of seven Canolfannau Cymraeg [Welsh language centres] with an investment of £2 million between 2014-2016.
- Work with Paul Meara and Tess Fitzpatrick on creating core vocabulary lists for A1, A2 and B1 levels on the Common European Framework for Languages in Welsh for Adults, in close cooperation with the main assessment body in Wales, the WJEC.
- As co-creator and co-investigator on the ESRC/AHRC funded CorCenCC project to create the first ever National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh, Steve is responsible for the team collecting, processing and transcribing the ten million words of data.
In the areas of research, policy and governance, Steve:
- is a member of the Language policy regimes, new speakers and sociolinguistic ethnography working group of the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) New Speakers Network.
- is a member of the WISERD language, culture and identity group.
- served on the Welsh Government Welsh Language technology board.
- has been Chair of the Welsh Government’s Welsh for Adults Scrutiny Committee since 2015.
- is Deputy Chair of the University Research Ethics and Governance Sub-Committee.
Steve has been a full member of the Association of Welsh Translators and Interpreters since 2006. He was elected to the Executive Committee of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) in 2012 and became Treasurer in 2014.
The interdisciplinary interface between Applied Linguistics and the Welsh Language continues to be the prime focus of his work. In 2017 with Tess Fitzpatrick, he established and now convenes the ALAW (Applied Linguistics and Welsh) network. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has served as an external examiner, consultant and moderator for a number of national, UK and European institutions.