Using this site

This site contains a lot of information in the form of blogs (posts), pages, documents and audio. Only a limited amount can be shown on the homepage. It is useful, therefore, to have an oversight of the structure and organisation of the site in order to find content efficiently.


The quickest way to find a blog or item, if you know what you are looking for, is to click the search icon in the top right corner and type in a small amount of text. Hit return and WordPress will find anything that matches this text.

Top Menu

The Top Menu (in blue) right at the top of the homepage provides links to external blogs that I maintain.

  • Neutral Footing – – a blog which analyses political discourse from an academic viewpoint.
  • erHelloEveryong – – a blog which deals with the teaching and learning of Oral Presentation Skills for academic monologues.
  • Language and the Mind – a blog related to Psycholinguistics and the module 313DEL which I teach.
  • PhonoGram Blog – a blog related to grammar and phonological issues for the English Language Teacher (M05DEL).

Primary Menu

The Primary Menu (in white) just below the title of the website has quick links to most of the main content areas:

Home | Teaching | Research | Blog | Categories | About

  • Home – takes you back to the homepage.
  • Teaching – a link to the courses and modules that I teach. Hover over this to reveal links to the modules.
  • Research – a link to the key research areas and projects I am currently involved in.
  • Blog – this will take you to a page where every blog that has been posted on this website is listed with newest posts at the top. Scroll down to view older blogs and click on the page links near the bottom to view even older blogs. Or you can scroll right down to the bottom and click on the Archives links.
  • Categories – hover over this and then select a category. Categories are the primary means of dividing content into subtopics on this website. Each blog that has been written is assigned to one or more of these categories.
  • About –  a brief description of the website for first-time visitors.


Here is an explanation of the categories which are the primary means of sub-dividing content on the website:

  • oral presentations – content relating to the teaching and learning of Oral Presentations Skills which is a research area I am involved in.
  • political discourse – blogs relating to political discourse, in particular the House of Commons and interviews.
  • quote of the week – interesting quotes in the political media that have caught my attention, particularly ones which have an curious linguistic twist. Despite the name, I don’t publish one every week.
  • 210DEL – content related to the module 210DEL Discourse in a Social Context which I teach. Many of these blogs are also categorised as ‘political discourse’.
  • 313DEL – content related to the module 313DEL Language and the Mind which I teach. This module is related to the field of psycholinguistics.


Another way to look for content is to use the Tag Cloud at the bottom of the website on the right-hand site. Blogs are sometimes tagged with a number of keywords to indicate the main ideas in the blog. For example, a blog may be categorised as political discourse and then tagged as ‘corbyn’ & ‘interview’.


The website has a breadcrumb facility which will show you your current location in the website hierarchy. For example, the breadcrumb below shows that you are reading content related to ‘Face management’ under the category political discourse under the Home top-level directory.

Home > political discourse > Face management

Click on one of the links to move up the hierarchy. Breadcrumbs appear top right when available.