My first experience of teaching was as an assistant English teacher in Klagenfurt, Austria (1991-2). Since then most of my work has been with Japanese learners of English: as an assistant teacher on the JET (Japan Exchange Teaching) Program in Hokkaido (1994-6); as a teacher at Teikyo High School (UK) in Buckinghamshire (1997-9); and for over ten years as a lecturer in English Language Education at Hiroshima University (2001-11). I joined Moray House School of Education in September 2011.
- MA Hons in German, The University of St Andrews
- MSc in Applied Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh
- PGCE in Modern Languages, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education
- PhD in Applied Linguistics, Lancaster University: "The Differential Effects of Explicit and Implicit Instruction on Japanese EFL Learners' Acquisition of Epistemic Stance"
My research interests can be divided into three main areas:
- The Relative Effects of Explicit and Implicit Instruction on L2 Development: I am interested in the way these two forms of instruction interact with each other, and also on the relative importance of explicit and implicit learning depending on the targeted grammatical, lexical or pragmatic forms.
- Learner Corpus Analysis: Whilst learner corpora are being increasingly used in the development of L2 learner dictionaries and textbooks, they remain underused in SLA research. I am interested in applying longitudinal learner corpus analysis in uncovering patterns of development in speaking and writing by learners of English from different L1 backgrounds.
- Interlanguage Pragmatics: It has been shown that various aspects of pragmatics resist acquisition even by learners with an advanced level of L2 grammatical competence. I am interested in investigating the reasons why some features of L2 pragmatics prove difficult to acquire and how classroom interventions can be used to overcome these difficulties. I am particularly interested in the L2 acquisition of epistemic stance in English (modal verbs, modal adverbs, cognitive verbs and evidential verbs).
I would be interested in supervising doctoral level research focusing on any of the above areas.
In the academic year 2012-13 I am teaching on the following courses:
- Language and the Learner (Lecturer and Workshop Tutor)
- Education 4 (Project Supervisor)
- Research Methods II (Course Organiser and Workshop Tutor)
- Language Awareness for Second Language Teachers (Course Organiser and Workshop Tutor)
I am also (with Dr Nicola Galloway) the co-organiser of the Edinburgh Applied Language Seminars.