1st year doctoral student
Investigating pathways to citizenship in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes in Australia and United Kingdom
My study is a joint PhD between the University of Birmingham and University of Melbourne as part of Universitas 21 (www.universitas21.com). It is the first collaborative doctoral study of this nature in the College of Social Sciences.
The study will examine the journey to citizenship for ESOL students in Australia and UK. It will analyze the role of English language teaching, learning and assessment in adult ESOL classes. The research will also investigate how the classes are used to negotiate experiences of becoming ‘Australian’ and ‘British.’
The first and third years of the study will be in Birmingham. The second year will be undertaken in Melbourne.
Second Language Learning, Migration and Identity
My study is jointly supervised by Professor Adrian Blackledge (University of Birmingham) and Professor Tim McNamara (University of Melbourne)
College of Social Sciences Universitas 21 Studentship
Membership in Research and Professional Organisations
BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
IATEFL (International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language)
NATECLA (National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults)
UKLEF (United Kingdom Linguistic Ethnography Forum)