Researcher biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and Cultures at UQ (since 2017), formerly assistant professor at the Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES), University of Hong Kong (since 2014). I hold an MA TESOL from the University of London and an M.Phil/Ph.D in applied linguistics from the University of Cambridge, UK.

My areas of research and supervisory expertise include corpus linguistics and the use of corpora for language learning (known as 'data-driven learning'), as well as computer-assisted language learning, and English for General and Specific Academic Purposes. I have published over 50 articles to date in leading Q1 journals including Language Learning, Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, English for Specific Purposes, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, ReCALL, System, Journal of Second Language Writing, IRAL and the International Journal of Learner Corpus Research, as well as a collaboration with international scholars published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). I am also the author of the monograph 'Learning the language of Dentistry: Disciplinary corpora in the teaching of English for specific academic purposes' as part of Benjamins' Studies in Corpus Linguistics series (with Lisa Cheung, published 2019), as well as the edited volumes 'Data Driven Learning for the Next Generation: Corpora and DDL for Pre-tertiary Learners' (published 2019) and 'Referring in a second language: Reference to person in a multilingual world' (with Jonathon Ryan, published 2020) with Routledge.

I am currently serving as Associate Editor for the Q1 Journal of English for Academic Purposes, feature on the editorial boards of the Q1 journals IRAL and System, as well as Applied Corpus Linguistics, a new journal covering the direct applications of corpora to teaching and learning. My previous work experience also includes consultancies and editorial positions with major publishers including Cambridge University Press (CUP), and I am a co-author on CUP's latest IELTS series 'Mindset for IELTS' (Level 1 & 2) and 'Band Busters' self-study materials.

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