Supervisor of the Year, University of York, 2013.



I am very interested in proposals by well-qualified students who want to investigate the cognitive consequences of bilingualism and second language learning, or the learning or use of more than one written language. I am also interested in proposals related to other aspects of the learning or use of a second language, whether written or spoken. Research proposals involving Chinese as a Second Language are particularly welcome, as are proposals involving experimental methods, and proposals that could be jointly supervised with colleagues in the Language and Learning group in the Department of Psychology.



I am currently course coordinator and tutor on three undergraduate modules:

- Multilingualism and Culture (third-year module, with Dr Troy McConachy)

- Linguistics: Acquisition and Use (second-year module, with Dr Ellen Smith-Dennis)

- Culture, Cognition and Society (first-year module, with Dr Perry Hinton)


I previously taught the following courses:

  • Bilingualism (BA-level, Queen Mary, London; MA-level, York)
  • English Linguistics (MA, York, team-taught)
  • Language and Mind (BA, Birkbeck, London, with Marjorie Lorch)
  • Linguistics: Understanding Language (BA, Warwick, with Mirjana Sokolovic)
  • Psycholinguistics (MA, Birkbeck; BA, Queen Mary)
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis (MA/PhD, York, Co-ordinator, team-taught)
  • Research Methods in Education (MA, University of York, with Paul Wakeling)
  • Second Language Reading (MA, York, with Irena Kurzborska)
  • Sound and Meaning (BA, Birkbeck)
  • Statistics (MA, Birkbeck)

I also set up and run a series of research training events for doctoral students called Advanced Research Methods and Skills (York).



My current roles are:

Between 2012 and 2014, I was the Academic Lead (York) of the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, and ex officio member of the White Rose DTC Academic Quality Committee.

Other roles at the University of York included: