I am the academic lead for L1 Languages and Cultures within the school of Languages and Applied Linguistics. I am working on the production of courses in this subject area for the main curriculum as well as for the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures. I am particularly interested in teaching and researching intercultural competence in professional contexts.
Before joining the OU in September 2020, I was a Research Assistant and later Lecturer in Cross-Cultural Communication at the department of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University.
I was awarded a PhD in Management and Business for my thesis “Beyond the Question: A discursive study of Q & A Sequences in Oral Financial Results Presentations” by Newcastle University Business School in February 2020.
My research interests lie in professional communication, intercultural competence and critical virtual exchange. I have previously worked on the Erasmus+ -funded project ‘Critical Skills for Life and Work’ and on the “Interaction, Dementia and Engagement in the Arts” project funded by the British Academy.
I have presented my research on teaching and researching the profession-relevant communicative, interactional and intercultural needs of highly skilled refugees at conferences like the American Association for Applied Linguistics, and I have shared my work on negotiations of information disclosure in professional settings with peers at the Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference and also at research seminars, like DiscourseNet London (a recording of the latter can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXa17PdxriY).
I am a member of DiscourseNet and the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication. I am also a reviewer for the journals Discourse & Society and System.
I am currently the module team chair for L161: Languages and Cultures and a module team member for LB170: Communication Skills for Business and Management. I have written the short course "An Introduction to Intercultural Competence in the workplace" and I am currently supervising the production of "Introduction to Arabic Languages and Cultures".
Before joinging the OU, I have taught seminars and lectures as part of degrees in Cross-Cultural Communication, International Business Managament, and Media and PR. Module titles included "Managing across Cultures", "Culture, Interculturality and Identity" and "Corporate Financial Communication".
I have supervised Undergraduate and Postgraduate dissertations in Management Studies as well as Intercultural Cultural Communication.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
A critical analysis of the role of intercultural communication in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Companion Volume (2020) (2020)
Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, 7(2) (pp. 193-199)
Intercultural Challenges for the Reintegration of Displaced Professionals: A Response to the Language Learning Needs of Refugees in Europe (2022)
Young, Tony Johnstone; Ganassin, Sara; Schneider, Stefanie; Schartner, Alina and Walsh, Steve
Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication
ISBN : 9780367469566 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York