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I am a member of the Language in / for Education (LifE) research group within the Department of Education. My career in international language education has spanned several countries and four decades, during which I have been a language teacher, teacher educator, lecturer, translator, course and textbook designer, curriculum consultant and researcher. For several years I was involved in British Council administered curriculum development projects in China and Indonesia, from which I developed a continuing interest in language education and intercultural communication in the Asia Pacific region. In recent years I have also been increasingly interested in language education in Latin America.

I joined the University of Bath in 2003. I am currently Director of Studies of the MA TESOL (which I established in 2007), Marketing and Communications Coordinator, and Coordinator of Postgraduate Tutors in the Dept of Education. I also convene the Language, Culture and Education unit (ED60279) of the EdD programme. Other positions I have held include Leader of the Language and Educational Practices Research Cluster (2013-2018), Director of the Postgraduate International Summer School (2003-2005), Acting Director of Studies of the MA Education (2011), and Pathway Lead for the MA Education (English Medium Education).

My recent research activities and publications have focused on the cultural representation of international students (including the critique of ‘the East Asian learner’ stereotype); the marketization of English as an International Language; and the decentring/decolonisation of TESOL. My most recent conference keynotes have been about critical ecolinguistics and about digital representations of social action in university social media.  

I am a fervent advocate of multilingualism and use several languages in my personal and professional life.


Willing to supervise doctoral students

I am particularly interested in supervising research in the following subject areas:

Intercultural communication and learning
Language, culture and identity
English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) 
Decentring / decolonisation of TESOL

I am particularly keen to supervise studies involving the following research methodologies:

Linguistic ethnography
Critical and multimodal discourse analysis



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

Education/Academic qualification

PhD Language Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, Discursive Struggle in Chinese Universities: English ‘linguistic imperialism’, appropriation and resistance, University of Kent

1 Apr 19961 Jan 2001

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Master of Education, TESOL: Problem-Solution Patterns in Technical & Economics Discourse, University of Leeds

1 Sept 198830 Sept 1989

Award Date: 1 Jan 1989

Cambridge Cert TEFL 1986

Award Date: 1 Aug 1986

BA , Bachelor of Arts, Modern Languages, University of Hull

1 Sept 19811 Jul 1985

Award Date: 1 Jul 1985

External positions

External examiner, MA TESOL Pre-service Programme, University College London

1 Oct 201830 Sept 2022

External Examiner, UG General Modular Scheme, Canterbury Christ Church University

1 Sept 201330 Sept 2017

External Examiner, BA English Language and Communication, Canterbury Christ Church University

1 Sept 201230 Sept 2016

External Examiner, MEd TESOL, University of Exeter

1 Oct 200830 Sept 2012


  • L Education (General)
  • Intercultural communication
  • Applied Linguistics
  • discourse analysis
  • Second language teacher education


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