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MA Applied Linguistics
PGCert Higher Education
BA (Hons) English Studies & French
Dip HE Modern Languages


Head of Centre for International English. I oversee professional development programmes for overseas academics and enjoy teaching students from all over the world.
Also working my way through a part-time PhD: my subject area is second language acquisition.


I started teaching in 1995 and have lived and worked in France, Australia and Italy.
In the UK I have also worked at Cardiff University, SOAS and London South Bank University.


I manage the Centre for International English and coordinate professional development programmes for overseas academics. I also develop links with new and existing international partners and undertake in-country English testing for overseas degree applicants. I am the Centre exams manager for University of Cambridge English language assessments.


Various conference presentations:
SoTL conference 2005 (Sociolinguistic Transformation in a Project Management class)
BALEAP 2007 (In-sessional provision at Foundation level)
Vocabulary Acquisition Research Networks 2011 (Acquisition of idioms by Italian speakers of English)
BALEAP 2011 (Streaming a multi-level pre-sessional programme)
Learn English in Wales 2012 (Developing critical reading skills)
Learn English in Wales 2014 (Overcoming the blank page: FCE writing strategies)


Institutional member of BALEAP
Chair of Learn English in Wales
Fellow of Higher Education Academy


Various external roles, as external examiner and on review and validation panels.
Dublin Business School
University of Bournemouth
Trinity College Carmarthen
Southampton Solent University
York St John University
Aston University
University of Chichester


As Chair of Learn English in Wales, I work with accredited language schools and university language departments across Wales to foster good practice in English language learning and teaching. We host large conferences every eighteen months, where experienced teachers, trainees and students convene to share ideas and attend talks delivered by some of the leading names in English language learning and teaching today.

I was a City and Guilds IESOL and ISESOL examiner (2012-14)


I am researching the acquisition of formulaic language by non-native speakers of English. I am interested in the extent to which the learners’ proficiency is affected by the age of acquisition and the cultural proximity of their mother tongue to English.

Areas of Expertise

Second language acquisition
Italian language
Formulaic language
Writing rhymes

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