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I'm a PhD candidate with Lancaster University, researching the assessment of digital literacies. My supervisor is Dr Luke Harding. I have a separate ePortfolio for my PhD workLancaster University is a top UK university with a highly reputable linguistics department that is ranked among the world's best. Specialisms include Language Teaching, Learning and Assessment, and Literacy Studies, among others. 

PhD coursework

  • Classroom Language Assessment 
  • Statistics for Language Testing
  • Digital Literacies
  • Quantitative data and analysis for applied linguistics
  • Qualitative methods for applied linguistics
  • Interview methods and questionnaire design
  • Classroom research

My interest in language assessment began when I was a Master of Applied Linguistics student at the University in MelbourneThe University of Melbourne is a top Australian university. Its linguistics department has a world ranking comparable to Lancaster University's. Language testing is one of its specialisms.

MAppLing coursework

  • Language Testing
  • Seminars in Second Language Acquisition
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Pronunciation of the Spoken Language
  • Research in Applied Linguistics
  • Quantitative Methods in Language Studies

Despite being relatively new to the field of linguistics, I was able to do well in this programme. I wrote my thesis on the topic of 'Test-taker discourse and assessment criteria in the OET speaking subtest', under the supervision of Prof Tim McNamara. (Download a version of my thesis.) This very positive experience encouraged me to eventually continue my postgraduate studies at Lancaster.

Prior to my Master's studies, I obtained the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), the most widely recognised entry-level ELT qualification in the world. 

I have also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education from National Institute of Education, prior to teaching at the same institution. The National Institute of Education is one of the top teacher education institutions in the world, and part of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  

PGDHE coursework

  • Nurturing Creativity in Classroom
  • Assessment in Higher Education
  • Trends and Issues in Higher Education
  • Planning and Designing Flexible Learning
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Reflection
  • Small Group Teaching
  • Curriculum Design