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    As a Senior Lecturer in English Language, my main teaching interests are first and second language learning and bilingualism, and psycholinguistics. I teach on several first-year English Language modules and I lead modules focused on child language development, psycholinguistics and language, mind and communication.

    I am the Study Abroad Co-ordinator for the department, supporting students from outside of Europe who are studying in our department and our Edge Hill students who are considering ERASMUS+ or study abroad opportunities.

    Research interests

    My research and publications focus on the inclusion of the arts to support language learning, particularly through musical activities and singing. My published work describes experimental studies designed to teach words and phrases in a new language, including through the comparison of three ‘listen-and-repeat’ learning conditions: speaking, rhythmic speaking and singing.

    In addition, I have developed pedagogical resources and articles for teachers related to the European Music Portfolio: A Creative Way into Languages project. Because of my involvment in the Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) network, I have also recently co-edited and contributed chapters to The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing, Volume II: Education with Helga R. Gudmundsdottir, Carol Beynon, & Annabel J. Cohen (March 2020). 

    I am interested to hear proposals from potential MRes. and PhD students interested in conducting interdisciplinary research, particularly projects that combine language learning with the arts and music.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


    • BF Psychology
    • Psycholinguistics
    • P Philology. Linguistics
    • Integrating music and singing into the language curriculum
    • Foreign/second language education
    • Child language development
    • L Education
    • Teacher education
    • Knowledge exchange
    • Teachers' beliefs and practices
    • M Music and Books on Music
    • Psychology of music
    • Singing


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