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I joined the University of Huddersfield in September 2014 as an Associate Lecturer of Professional English in the Department of Languages (School of Music, Humanities and Media). In May 2016, I took up an additional part-time role as Academic Skills Tutor in the School of Human and Health Sciences.
Prior to starting at Huddersfield, I worked at various UK universities as both a Lecturer of English for Academic/Professional Purposes [EAP] and Academic Skills. As EAP/Academic Skills Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University from 2011-14, I delivered Pre-sessional and In-sessional EAP/Academic Skills courses, as well as a Foundation Year module in Linguistics, Language and Culture and commercial courses in IELTS preparation and teacher-training. I also taught English in Portugal over a 10 year period, culminating in a role as Professional (Off-site) Courses Coordinator at the British Council in Lisbon from 2007-10.
My research interests include: Professional and Academic Communication, Language Teaching, Second Language Acquisition and Development, Intercultural Awareness and Conversation Analysis.
I am currently studying part-time for a PhD in the Department of Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield. My research project uses Conversation Analysis to analyse video recordings of a) Speech and Language Therapists and b) Second Language Teachers interacting with their respective clients/students, with the aim of unpacking the verbal and non-verbal behaviours they employ to teach and develop language. What is noteworthy is that the stated outcome of the teaching or therapy session (i.e. competent language skills) is also the medium, thus creating a specialised form of interaction.