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PhD projects

Interdisciplinary research focusing on integration of music and the arts into second/foreign language learning and teaching || Teachers' and learners' beliefs and practices || Psycholinguistics and psychology of music


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Personal profile


As a Senior Lecturer in English Language, my main teaching interests relate to first (L1) and additional (L2) language learning, bilingualism, and what we know about language learning and memory through psycholinguistic research studies. I teach various modules and I lead modules focused on child language development and language, mind and communication.

From 2016-2023 I served as the International Co-ordinator for English, supporting incoming students from other countries and our Edge Hill students who were taking part in 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 includes experimental studies designed to teach words and phrases in a new language, through the comparison of three ‘listen-and-repeat’ learning conditions: speaking, rhythmic speaking and singing; as well as classroom-based research with a language education focus.

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 involvement in the Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) network, I 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 first and additional language learning with the arts, music and popular culture.

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
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Songs and singing in foreign language learning

Award Date: 23 Nov 2010

MRes, Using music in foreign language education: An exploratory study, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 22 Nov 2006

BA, English and French, University of Michigan

Aug 1998Apr 2002


  • BF Psychology
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Psychology of music
  • Educational psychology
  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Integrating music and singing into the language curriculum
  • L2 education
  • Child language development
  • L2 learning
  • L2 teaching
  • FL teaching
  • FL learning
  • L Education
  • Teacher education
  • Knowledge exchange
  • Teachers' beliefs and practices
  • M Music and Books on Music
  • Psychology of music
  • Singing
  • PB Modern European Languages

Research Centres

  • Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing

Research Groups

  • Emergent Media & Entertainment Research Group
  • Corpus Research Group
  • Children and Young People Research Network
  • Linguistics Research Group


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