Before joining the School of English at UNNC, I worked as: Associate Professor in the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick (Coventry, UK); Head of Department of English and Applied Linguistics at the University of Brunei Darussalam (Brunei Darussalam); Senior Lecturer at the University of York St John (York, UK); Research Associate at the University of Lancaster (Lancaster, UK); and Tutor at the University of York, (York, UK).
My research interests include World Englishes, linguistic ethnography of multilingual settings, English (-bilingual) classroom discourse, language education policy, multilingual & digital literacies, and contact sociolinguistics. I have carried out research in different research sites: in urban and rural settings, in community contexts as well as in schools and higher education in Europe and Asia. I have published in edited books and journals of international repute. My most recent publication is a co-edited book on Globalisation and World Englishes and a forthcoming special co-edited volume of the international journal of Language and Education entitled 'Multilingual resources in classroom interaction: ethnographic and discourse analytic perspectives'.
I have presented research papers and organized panels with other international scholars for many leading international conferences in the areas of Sociolinguistics and Applied Linguistics. I have been invited to review research project proposals from top funding bodies in the UK (ESRC), Hong Kong and Europe, and also to review submitted research articles in leading international journals. I have acted as external examiner for PhDs and for graduate and postgraduate programmes run by Universities in the UK and overseas. I teach across a range of courses/modules in the areas of linguistics, sociolinguistics and applied linguistics, and supervise MA and PhD students in a range of areas.
I have worked on ESRC projects in the UK and government funded projects in Brunei Darussalam in the areas of bilingual discourse in English classrooms, World Englishes & multilingualism in the… read more
I have worked on ESRC projects in the UK and government funded projects in Brunei Darussalam in the areas of bilingual discourse in English classrooms, World Englishes & multilingualism in the community, and multilingual & digital literacies. Currently, I am involved in an international, interdisciplinary research project in the area of intercultural health education and communication (related to diabetes health care) with research partners from the Medical School at the University of Warwick (UK) and the Department of Psychology at the California State University (USA).
I plan to extend to the Chinese context the intercultural health education and communication research I have started in the UK context. I will also explore with colleagues in the School of English and other departments at UNNC research related issues on globalisation, intercultural communication and World Englishes at workplace in the context of China.