Current occupation As of April 2016: Lecturer at Tsuda College in the Department of English, Tokyo, Japan
Brief outline of PhD research My thesis: An Action Research Study with Low Proficiency Learners in Japan to Promote the Learning of Vocabulary through Collocations. This study explored an alternative approach to vocabulary instruction: a change from targeting individual words from the GSL (general service list) to frequent verb + noun collocations.
Why did you choose to study for your PhD in the School of Languages and Social Sciences? I felt the programme would be suitable for me and would help me develop as a researcher. I was also very confident in the faculty who would be supporting me throughout my PhD.
What did you find most useful about the PhD programme? The most useful aspect of the programme was the support and advice offered by the supervisors and department heads.
How has your PhD helped you in your current occupation? I was offered a tenured faculty position shortly after completing my PhD.