I was an English language teacher, Director of Studies, curriculum advisor and Head of School for the British Council and the Bell Education Trust, among others, and worked in the UK, USA, Spain, Italy and Malaysia between 1984 – 2002. I lectured in applied linguistics and the social psychology of communication at Birkbeck, University of London between 2002 and 2004. I also did an MA in Applied Linguistics (Distinction, 1999) and a PhD (Intercultural Communicative Competence and the Teaching and Learning of English as a Foreign Language, 2007), both part time, at Birkbeck. I joined Newcastle University in September 2004.
Head of the Applied Linguistics section of the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences since 2010.
Senior Lecturer in Language and Communications, Chair of Board of Studies and Senior Tutor for the MA in Cross Cultural Communication (MACCC) programmes, and Degree Programme Director for the MACCC+ International Relations and MACCC+Education.
In June 2012 I was elected a member of the University Senate.
I am President Elect of the International Association of Language and Social Psychology and will serve as President from June 2014 to June 2016.
PhD University of London, 2007
MA (with Distinction) in Applied Linguistics, Birkbeck, University of London, 1999
Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, Waltham Forest College, London, 1989
B.A.(Hons) English, University of Sussex, 1984
International Association of Language and Social Psychology http://www.ialsp.org/
International Communication Association
Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (Europe)
British Association for Applied Linguistics
European Second Language Association
My research interests focus on critical perspectives on intercultural, intergroup and interpersonal communication and the social psychology of language and communication.
My recent work has focussed on:-
Communication and disability, especially dementia
Interactional and intercultural competence among professionals (teachers, health care providers, medical trainers)
The 'International' student experience and the internationalisation of Higher Education worldwide.
2. DEMTEC Project: I am leading a multiprofessional and lay team in the development of a conceptual framework and toolkit to optimise communication between professionals, carers and people living with dementia (with Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust and Alzheimer's Society, UK). A free-to-users website has been launched in this regard – DEMTALK http://www.demtalk.org.uk/
3. International students' transitions and adjustments to life and study in the UK, and their post study re-entry to home societies. The role of intercultural competence in adjustment. Projects funded by the HASS Faculty Innovation fund.
3. Chinese people's naming practices, particularly the motivation behind their adoption, or otherwise, of western-type names.
4. Investigating 'non native' speaking teachers' beliefs, attitudes and practices regarding appropriate models of English (English as a Lingua Franca, English as an International Language, 'Native speaker' varieties).
Principal Investigator, Demtec project, co-investigator on Transitions, Chinese naming and languages of the wider world projects.
My work on communication and dementia won the James J Bradac Prize from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology for its outstanding contribution to the field in June 2010.
I was elected founding convenor of the Special Interest Group in Intercultural communication for the British Association for Applied Linguistics in 2010.
I am module leader for:-
CCC8001 Social Psychology of Communication
CCC8042 Culture and Intercultural Communication in English language Education
CCC8077 Professional Communication
CCC8088 Culture, Interculturality and Identity