After working for more than 25 years in the field of ESL and bilingual education, I became interested in the field of Forensic Linguistics. Maybe my interest in Forensic Linguistics stemmed from watching an excess of crime scene investigation shows on television, or my close friendships with lawyers and colleagues from the criminal justice department, but after much research I enrolled in Aston University’s Forensic Linguistics program by distance learning.
I had already taken a couple courses when I enrolled in a course called Linguistic Investigation and Evidence. I was very excited when I saw that the course content included authorship attribution! I read with great interest and curiosity about the cases that had been solved related to text messages. It was like reading a mystery novel or watching one of those TV crime shows! "How interesting! I want to do that!" I thought to myself.
When I complete the graduate diploma program, I hope to serve as a consultant to police and legal professionals, and the course LEM 032 Linguistic Investigation and Evidence gave me my first glimpse of what is actually involved in that type of work. It was challenging and fun at the same time!'