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Before joining the department as a Lecturer in TESOL, I worked at the University of Bath’s Department of Education in 2020/21 as course designer for the MA English Medium Instruction and taught on their MA TESOL programme. At the University of Birmingham, I previously taught on undergraduate modules and I was a Research Associate on the CLiC Dickens project from 2017–2021. As part of my work for this project, I carried out corpus research and public engagement activities and led hands-on workshops for a wide range of audiences. I particularly enjoy working with diverse student groups and have personal experience as an international student in the USA, Hong Kong, and the UK.

Research interests

Much of my research applies corpus linguistic approaches; my research interests include the use of corpora in language teaching and learning, corpus linguistics and stylistics, corpus-based discourse analysis, and digital humanities. At Birmingham, I have contributed to the development of the CLiC web app, a corpus tool for literary texts. In connection with my PhD thesis, I have used corpus methods to study discourses on the concept of surveillance in a range of contemporary discourse domains, as well as historical discourses in the Times Digital Archive. I also have an interest in the topic of empowerment in discourses and educational contexts, including using corpora in the classroom / data-driven learning, as well as corpus approaches to classroom discourse.

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


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