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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)


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