As Senior Lecturer in English Language at Coventry University, I teach on a number of courses including the BA in English (BESU072) and the MA in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (BEST130).

The Language of Humour – slides

BA in English (AHU033/BESU072)

A three-year undergraduate course that considers a broad range of English subjects from language to literature. English is fundamental to everything we do both at play and work. An understanding of it and the linguistic structures behind language in general facilitate communication and help us appreciate our own sense of identity.

MA in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (AHT020/BEST130)

This is a one-year master’s degree with a strong focus on how language can be taught to nonnative speakers. It considers a variety of theories and practices in a range of educational contexts.

Modules that I teach /lead on include the following:

4005HUM Discourse and Digital Media


210DEL Discourse in a Social Context

In this module, I focus on conversation analysis, politeness, and institutionalised discourse analysis, in particular political discourse. This has led to the development of the website neutralfooting.

213DEL Child Language Acquisition

This module considers the acquisition of our first language, i.e. our mother tongue. Hannah Arendt claimed that man is not a man without their mother tongue and a political community. This module looks at how we take up this place in the early years of our lives. It is a useful module for those students wishing to go on into teaching or speech and language therapy.

300DEL Project Literature Review

All students on BESU072 are required to complete a dissertation in their final year and this module aids in writing the first half of this.

313DEL Language and the Mind

This module considers how language is situated in the human mind – how we access it when we produce language (e.g. speak) or how we receive it (e.g. listen). It also considers disorders of language such as aphasia and autism, and looks briefly at how language evolved in the the human race.

7029HUM/M05DEL Grammar and Phonology for the English Language Teacher

This is a master’s level module for the MA in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics. Language teachers need to have an impeccable grasp of the grammar and phonology of the English language since this is the object of study. You wouldn’t take your car to a mechanic that knew nothing about how an engine operated. Neither would you trust a brain surgeon to operate on you without knowing anything about the brain. In the same vein, English Language teachers should have a thorough grounding in grammar and phonology, not only how they manifest themselves in the English language, but how they can be taught.

M14DEL Dissertation

This module is a support module for master’s students who are undertaking their dissertation. The module looks at all aspects of writing the dissertation as well as ethics.