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Research Interests

Current research

A book for Benjamins, Amsterdam entitled 'Discourse Stylistics' is gradually emerging arguing the value of discourse analysis of literary activity as well as including case studies from canonical 19th and 20th century English literature.

My book Literature in Language Education (Palgrave Macmillan 2005) appeared in a second edition in 2015.

A founding member of LiLLT (Literature in Language Teaching) sub-group of AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics from 2018.

Editorial Board Language and Literature (SAGE); ‘Linguistic Approaches to Literature’ (Benjamins, Amsterdam); CLELE (Children’s Literature in English Language Education)

Long time member and former Board member of PALA (Poetics and Linguistics Association) ; BAAL (British Association of Applied Linguistics); International Association for Literary Semantics (IALS) (former Secretary).

External Examiner for more than 20 PhDs (mainly UK universities). 6 PhDs first supervised to successful completion.

ResearchGate 21.58; Google Scholar 8.

Orcid id: 0000-0002-8311-4024

Future research

Intercultural research and research on uses of English in China is planned to develop along with continuing interest in literary stylistics, including Free Indirect Discourse and emotions in literary reception.

Personal profile

After taking degrees in English language and literature at Sussex and Birmingham Universities and gaining teaching qualifications, I worked for the British Council and others for 10 years in UK, Sweden, Singapore, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Colombia before joining the University of Wales, Cardiff in 1993.  

At Swansea University, Wales, from 2000- 2011 I led MA TEFL, BA English Language Studies and was Head of Applied Linguistics from 2007-9. I supervised PhDs in Discourse Analysis, TEFL, CLIL and Second Language Acquisition.

In my teaching and research I have been committed to a fruitful dialogue between literary and applied linguistic studies in international contexts and so Nottingham Ningbo University is now a natural home for me where I took over as Head of Division from September 2011. Current research interests are literary stylistics, intercultural communication and global Englishes and China.

I was Assistant Editor since 1999, Chief Editor 2010-2016 of the journal Language & Literature (Sage) and a member of Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) since 1988. My book Literature in Language Education (Palgrave 2005; 2nd ed. 2015) is my most widely cited publication and is also found on relevant postgraduate reading lists around the world.

A member of BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics) since 1994.

I have delivered invited lectures and plenaries in recent years in Pakistan, China, Japan, Chile, UK and Germany.


Currently teaching ‘Studying Literature’ (UG) and ‘Teaching Language and Literature’ (MA), in addition to contributions to MA TESOL and others. I also supervise and examine Masters and PhD dissertations internally as well as for other universities. I have been teaching since 1978 and I am still learning every day.

I am Director of Liberal Arts at UNNC.

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