I joined Aston University as a Teaching Fellow in 2000. Prior to this, I lived in Bologna, Italy and worked at the Universities of Parma and of Modena and Reggio Emilia where I taught academic English to students from a range of faculties, including economics, psychology, pharmacy and agricultural science.
In 2015 I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship and I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA. I am Co-Director of the Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA) and Associate Dean for External Relations.
My research interests are in the areas of language teacher education, particularly teacher beliefs, classroom discourse and language-in-education policy and its implementation. Together with Fiona Copland (University of Stirling), I am series editor of a major book series called International Perspectives on ELT published by Palgrave Macmillan. I am also co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners, to be published in 2018.
Transitions between Primary and Secondary School (2012-2013) British Council ELT Research Award. With Professor Anne Burns (PI), Dr Muna Morris Adams and Dr Fiona Copland.
Activities for Teaching Young Learners (2011) British Council ELT Research Award. With Dr Fiona Copland and Professor Anne Burns.
Taking Steps towards CLIL (2010-2011). LinkedUp Awards Scheme. With Dr Fiona Copland
Investigating Global practices in teaching English to Young Learners (2010) British Council ELT Research Award (PI). With Dr Fiona Copland and Professor Anne Burns.
Member of the Editorial Advisory Panel, ELT Journal
Member of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
Member of IATEFL
I have supervised a number of PhD students in areas such as teacher beliefs and learner autonomy, focus on form in task-based learning, the use of teacher narratives in the language classroom, the effects of project-based learning, teachers’ use of materials in communicative language teaching.
I am particularly interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas: