Programme Leader MA TESOL
My academic background is varied. I hold an MA in Linguistics, a BA (Hons) in Combined Arts (German and English Literature) and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
Although my work is focused on TESOL, my interest in Germany and the German language have continued. As one of the Erasmus coordinators for the exchange with the University of Koblenz-Landau in Germany, I regularly take part in the staff mobility programme and have helped develop study abroad opportunities for our undergraduate TESOL students.
Teaching and supervision
I lead and teach on a range of modules: Linguistics for TESOL, Language, Culture and Power, Psychology of Language Learning and supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.
I also contribute to BA (Hons) TESOL and English Language.
Research interests for potential research students
My research interests have focused on aspects of psycholinguistics and the psychology of the language learner. In 2010/11 I conducted a research project with a former TESOL colleague, Ahmad Nazari, investigating students’ perceptions of the group dynamics on our MA TESOL programme. The results were presented at ‘New Dynamics of Language Learning 2011’ at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and a publication followed in 2014, entitled ‘One Big Happy Family? An Investigation into Students' Perceptions of Group Dynamics on an MA TESOL Program’, English Language Research Journal, Issue 1.
I am a member of the Centre for Education, Applied Social Science and Pedagogy Research in the Faculty of Education and Society Research Institute and I'm on the TESOL Team TESOL Research Group.
Currently, I am working on a project investigating learners’ experiences of the inner voice in reading, and I'm also involved in a TESOL team research project on the current state and future direction of TESOL (‘TESOL in the 21st Century: Directions and Challenges for Research and Practice’).
Nazari, Ahmad and Willis, Kim (2014) One Big Happy Family? An Investigation into Students’ Perceptions of Group Dynamics on an MA TESOL Program. English Language Research Journal, 1 (1). pp. 105-128. ISSN 2057-4215
Psychology of the language learner
German language and culture
I am a member of the British Association of Applied Linguistics and a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.