I am Professor of TESOL in the Faculty of Social Sciences, where I am also Associate Dean Research. I started my TESOL career in Nigeria, where I stayed for two years working in a secondary school as a volunteer with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas). After taking a PGCE at the University of Manchester, I then spent two years in Hong Kong in a secondary school in the New Territories (as part of a British Council scheme) before moving to Japan, where I spent five years working for the British Council in Iidabashi. During this time, I team-taught in Junior High Schools, taught adults English and became Director of CELTA programmes. On returning to the UK, I took an MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Birmingham and spent a number of years as a director of CELTA and DELTA programmes in Birmingham. I received my PhD in 2008, also from the University of Birmingham. I have worked in the Universities of Birmingham, Birmingham City and Aston, where I directed various MA and MSc programmes in TESOL and teacher education.
I have a range of research interests within TESOL. I have published widely on teacher feedback conferences in pre-service teacher education and have written a book on this topic with Dr. Helen Donaghue for Routledge which should be available early in 2021. I am also very interested in teaching English to young learners and edited the Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners (2018) with Dr. Sue Garton. I have also published on materials for ELT, native speakerism, classroom languages, and the experiences of international students.
More broadly, I have been very involved with the Linguistic Ethnography Forum, a special interest group of BAAL, and have published two books which focus on linguistic ethnographic methodologies: Linguistic ethnography: collecting, analysing and presenting data (with Professor Angela Creese) and Linguistic ethnography: interdisciplinary explorations (with Dr. Julia Snell and Dr. Sara Shaw).
I have supervised a number of PhD students to completion and am currently supervising research students working on the following projects:
Chinese students' linguistic repertoires in the Master's TESOL classroom;
The language socialisation of pre-service English language teachers in Japan
Native and non native speaker teachers' identity constructions
English as a missionary language in Thailand
Female Saudi teachers' study abroad experiences
English as a medium of instruction in a Japanese university
I am interested in researching doctoral students in the following areas:
Language teacher education
Teaching English to young learners
Language and ideology
Classroom language use