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I joined Aston University 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. 

At Aston I teach across a range of undergradaute and postgraduate modules, especially in the area of TESOL, as well as supervising PhD students. I was made a National Teaching Fellow in 2015. 

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 eidted the Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners. 

Research Interests

  • Classroom interaction
  • Teaching English to Young Learners 
  • Teacher education and development
  • Policy and practice issues in TESOL

Teaching Activity

  • PhD supervision 
  • Approaches to Course and Materials Design, Teaching English to Young Learners and Language Awareness on the MA in TESOL Studies/ MA in TESOL and Translation Studies 
  • TESOL and English Language across Time and Space on the BSc in English Language


  • PhD Applied Linguistics (University of Aston)
  • MSc Teaching English (University of Aston)
  • BA Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (University of Bologna)
  • BA European Studies (University of Hull)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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