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    As a Senior Lecturer in English Language, my main teaching interests are first and second language learning, as well as 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 also serve as the International Co-ordinator for English, supporting incoming students from other countries and our Edge Hill students who are 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 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
    • 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
    • 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

    Research Centres

    • Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing


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