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Personal Statement

I joined the School of Education in January 2016 following the completion of my PhD in Education from the University of Edinburgh. The project was fully funded by the Principal’s Career Development Studentship and the Edinburgh Global Overseas Research Scholarship. I am a member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA), the Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) and the European Educational Research Association (EERA). I am registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). I am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Research Interests

My research focuses on three areas: second/foreign language education, teacher professional learning and digital technologies in education. I have a particular interest in the application of sociocultural theory and an ecological approach to learning and teaching.

My recent projects include exploring the dialogical nature of interactive listening, plurilingualism in Scottish education, student teachers’ digital knowledge and skills in ITE, and professional dialogue for teacher professional learning. At the theoretical level I am interested in the underlying links of language and thought, especially with regards to the way in which the wider sociocultural contexts contribute to the communication process.

Teaching Interests

My teaching reflects my research experience and expertise. Since joining Strathclyde, I have held key roles in the innovation, leadership, management and delivery of a number of courses. These include:

  • BA (Hons) Education & TESOL
  • International PG Certificate in Education (iPGCE)
  • PGDE Modern Languages (Mandarin)
  • MSc TESOL and Intercultural Communication

In addition, I teach on the BA Primary Education and PGDE Secondary Education courses. I supervise BA and Master’s dissertations as well as PhD/EdD theses.

I am the External Examiner for the PGCE Modern Languages (QTS) programme at the University of Manchester.


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