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PhD projects

- TESOL and English Language Learning (ESL, EFL, EAL)
- Academic Discourse and English for Specific Purposes
- Applied Corpus Studies
- Speaking Skills
- English Language Learning and Migration


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Research Interests

My research interests are in the fields of English Language Learning and Teaching (e.g. ELT, TESOL, EAL, EAP) and Education. I am particularly interested in dialogue and interactivities in educational contexts, with a focus on the activity of speaking to investigate stance-taking, positionality, and perspective sharing. 

I am also interested in the application of research in corpus linguistics to education and have been involved in the design, development, and research of a number of spoken (academic and learner) corpora investigating the construction of knowledge in classroom contexts, speaking skills, stance-taking and language use in intercultural and multicultural contexts.

My research has also been applied to the development of community-based approaches to English Language learning for refugee families.  



I teach on the following masters and doctoral modules: Language Learning for TESOL;  Language Awareness for TESOL; TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy.

I supervise doctoral students in the following areas: English for Academic Purposes (EAP);  Computer mediated communication and English Language Learning and Teaching; Speaking Skills in EAL; English Language Learning and Resilience; Multimodality in School English Language Teaching


QUB Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence (2014)



Current roles: Director of Internationalization, Director of Centre for Language Education Research

Previous roles: EdD Programme Director (Professional Doctorate in Education), MSc TESOL Programme Director

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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