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Biography

I grew up in Hong Kong where I obtained my BA (Hons) in Contemporary English studies. During my undergraduate years I've spent some time in the States at Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania and also in the UK at the University of York. Upon the completion of my BA, I came to the UK to pursue my (Integrated) PhD studies at Newcastle University in English Language and Linguistics. I successfully defended my thesis on second language phonology acquisition under the influence of multiple varieties in 2012. I first joined Northumbria as a part time lecturer in TESOL at the beginning of 2012 and have been employed as a full time lecturer since the academic year of 2012-2013. In addition to my Northumbria duties, I currently work as an external examiner for the MA programmes of UCLAN and was the the external examiner for Leeds between 2018-2021. I’m the Publications Secretary of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and have previously served as the Meetings Secretary (2013-2019). I am a section editor for Open Linguistics (De Gruyter) and an editorial board member of the English Language Teaching Journal (ELTJ - Oxford) and also a regular reviewer for various journals.

Research interests

Second Language Acquisition
Second Language Speech & Phonology
Applied Linguistics and TESOL
Teacher Identity and Experience
Racialisation of the TESOL Profession
Language Attitudes and Variations
Lived Experience of Ethnic Minoritised Students
English Historical Linguistics 

Education/Academic qualification

Education (other/general), PGCHE, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice

Award Date: 20 Jul 2015

Linguistics, DPhil, Child L2 phonology acquisition under the influence of multiple varieties

24 Sept 200731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 23 Nov 2012

English, BA (Hons)

1 Sept 200431 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 2007

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