I am originally from Canada and I completed my undergraduate training in Linguistics at York University in Toronto. I joined the Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) in 2004. Prior to moving to Cardiff, I lived in France and worked at the Université Paris-Dauphine, in Paris and the British Institute in Paris.
Teaching and Administrative responsibilities
I teach modules in grammar and word use and meaning. Functions of Grammar is taught to second students with a focus is on systemic functional grammar. Words and Meaning is a second year module which concentrates on developing students' understanding of words; we explore lexical semantics and relations. Language and the Mind is an introductory module to psycholinguistics.
I am the deputy to the director of studies responsible for years 2 and 3 and also e-learning champion.
First International Conference on Bilingualism in Education 10-12 June, 2016 The School of Education at Bangor University, North Wales, in conjunction with the Centre for Research in Bilingualism, is hosting its first International Conference on Bilingualism in Education 10-12 June, 2016, including a prestigious evening lecture to celebrate the work of Professor Colin Baker. The Read more
BAAL Special Interest Group Spring Meeting April 20th 2016 Applied linguists have plenty of practical knowledge about language and its role in the construction of knowledge that can be applied to educational settings. Come and join the new BAAL SIG exploring Linguistics and Knowledge About Language in Education (LKALE) for our spring meeting in Swansea Read more
In September 2015, we launched LLAWEN, the Literacy and Language Awareness in Education Network for Wales. This network is based on a partnership between academics at Cardiff University, UWE in Bristol, Aberystwyth University and Bangor University. It also includes teachers and literacy experts who are committed to working with and supporting teachers in raising language awareness Read more
Embedded Literacy: Working Together on Grammar and Writing Across Subject Areas and Key Stages On Monday 22 June 2015, an all day workshop was held on the importance of engaged learning. This featured the following workshops: The Buckinghamshire WRITE Project : Wonder, Rigour, Innovation, Transformation, Empowerment in and through literacy – Lindsey Thomas and Helen Read more
Please help us to know more about digital writing practices in UK schools. You can do this by completing our very short survey. To do this, click on this link to the survey. Hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg, arferion ysgrifennu digidol mewn ysgolion – Arolwg ar gyfer ysgolion cynradd neu Arolwg ar gyfer ysgolion uwchradd We want to know how Read more
On Saturday, 18th October 2014, we ran a workshop on grammar and writing for teachers. The aim of this workshop was to empower teachers in the areas of writing and grammar. This workshop brought together three experts, each bringing a slightly different perspective to the same activity – writing. Simon Wrigley, co-founder of the National Read more
As part of the literacy and digital writing project, we have set up a blogging project at Pencoed Comprehensive. This is a student-led project and in their own words, Voice Tree is composed of a group of teenagers from Pencoed Comprehensive School who have come together to express their own thoughts and opinions to you, Read more