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I started teaching in multilingual primary schools in London before working for two years in a State Secondary school in Karoi, Zimbabwe as Head of Department for Social Studies. In 1990 I moved to Scotland to become a peripatetic support teacher to bilingual and traveller pupils in primary and secondary schools across Stirling, Clackmannan and Falkirk. For a short period I was seconded as part of a regional anti-bullying project investigating racist incidents and developing anti-racist support materials for schools. I was also involved in a collaborative curriculum development initiative at the Central Scotland Chinese complementary school. Prior to coming to the University of Edinburgh I was Manager of the Bilingual Support Service in North Lanarkshire. My PhD research investigated Chinese children's experiences of biliteracy learning in the home, primary schools and Chinese schools in Scotland.
I am Co-Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) and a visiting lecturer at the University of Strasbourg.
I am in the process of editing a book with Xiaolan Curdt-Christiansen from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore entitled Learning Chinese in Diasporic Communities to be published by John Benjamins.
Research interests include:
I am happy to supervise any research under the headings above.
I teach languages and literacies on the following Initial Teacher Education programmes:
I am a course organiser on the MEd/Diploma Additional Support for Learning (Bilingual Learners). The following courses are now delivered as blended learning:
This article was published on Oct 25, 2011