Supervisor of the Year, University of York, 2013.



I am very interested in proposals by well-qualified students who want to investigate the consequences of bilingualism and second language learning for thought, or the learning or use of more than one writing system (for instance, the effects of orthographic forms on L2 pronunciation, or the reading of a second language with a different script). I am also interested in proposals related to other aspects of the learning or use of a second language, whether written or spoken. I welcome research proposals involving Chinese (as L1 or L2), and experimental methods.



In 2018-19 I will teach an MA-level module in Second Language Learning.

I previously taught the following courses:

  • Bilingualism (BA-level, Queen Mary, London; MA-level, York)
  • Culture, Cognition and Society (BA, Warwick, with Perry Hinton)
  • English Linguistics (MA, York, team-taught)
  • Language and Mind (BA, Birkbeck, London, with Marjorie Lorch)
  • Linguistics: Acquisition and Use (BA, Warwick, with Ellen Smith-Dennis)
  • Linguistics: Understanding Language (BA, Warwick, with Mirjana Sokolovic)
  • Multilingualism and Culture (BA, Warwick, with Troy McConachy)
  • 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).



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 previous roles included:

  • Ex officio member of the Research Centre for the Social Sciences Steering Group, York
  • Deputy PhD Programme Leader, Dept of Education, York
  • Doctoral Training Centre Education Pathway Leader for York and Pathway Cluster Leader
  • Member, Department of Education Ethics Committee, York
  • Member, Department of Education Gender Equality Mark steering group, York
  • Joint convenor, Language Learning, Teaching and Assessment research group, Warwick
  • ex officio member of the Applied Linguistics Research Strategy Group, Warwick
  • Secretary to the Board of Undergraduate Examiners, Warwick.