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Research interests


I am a member of the Language and Educational Practices (LEP) research cluster within the Department of Education. I have worked in the field of international language education for 30 years, having been a language teacher, lecturer, translator, researcher and curriculum consultant in several countries of East Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For several years I was involved in British Council and DfID funded 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 research activities in Latin America.

I joined the University of Bath in 2003. Positions I have held here include Director of Studies of the MA TESOL (2007-15), Leader of the Language and Educational Practices research cluster (2013-18), Director of the International PG Summer School (2003-2005) and Acting Director of Studies of the MA in Education (2011). I am currently convenor of the EdD unit Language, Communication and Education (ED60279). 

My recent research projects and publications have focused on language and identity (including the critique of ‘the East Asian learner’ stereotype); the branding and marketization of English as an International Language; and the role of intercultural communication in the internationalization of education. I use several languages in my personal and professional life, most recently concentrating on Modern Greek.


Willing to supervise PhD

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

Intercultural communication in educational settings
Language, culture and identity
English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI)

I am particularly interested in supervising studies involving the following research methodologies:

Linguistic ethnography
Multimodal discourse analysis



Education/Academic qualification

PhD Language Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, Kent

1 Apr 19961 Jan 2001

Master of Education, University of Leeds

1 Sep 198830 Sep 1989

BA , Bachelor of Arts, University of Hull

1 Sep 19811 Jul 1985

Cambridge Cert TEFL 1986

External positions

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

1 Oct 201830 Sep 2022

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

1 Sep 201330 Sep 2017

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

1 Sep 201230 Sep 2016

External Examiner, MEd TESOL, University of Exeter

1 Oct 200830 Sep 2012


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

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