|2001 ‐ 2006||PhD, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany ‐ Fakultät Sprach-, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften|
|1993 ‐ 1999||BA (English/Psychology); BEd (English/TESOL), The University of Queensland, Australia ‐ Faculty of Arts|
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Journal Articles (11)
The changing faces of the veil in the Sultanate of Oman The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies (2016)
Veiling practices of Muslim women have become a subject of considerable political, academic, and public debate. This paper presents the finding of research undertaken in the Sultanate of Oman examining the different and changing ways ...
Evidence that L2 production training can enhance perception Journal of Academic Language & Learning (2015)
It is often readily accepted that perception precedes production in second language acquisition. According to Flege’s (1995) Speech Learning Model and Broselow and Park’s (1995) Split Parameter Setting Hypothesis, accurate second language (L2) perception necessarily ...
Identifying academicaly at-risk students in an English-as-a-Lingua-Franca university setting Journal of English for Academic Purposes (2014)
This study examines the relationship between written academic English proficiency and academic achievement in an undergraduate English-medium university program in the Sultanate of Oman. The study aims to identify reliable measures for screening academically at-risk ...
The dialogic fashioning of women's dress in the Sultanate of Oman Journal of Arabian Studies (2014)
This paper provides a brief introduction to women's dress practices in the Sultanate of Oman. We explore women's clothing practices as dialogues with religious and regional communities. Our introduction provides concrete examples of how dress ...
Word recognition skill and academic success across disciplines in an ELF university setting Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ): Papers in Language Testing (2014)
Previous research (Harrington & Roche, 2014) showed that the Timed Yes/No Test (a measure of vocabulary size and response speed) is an effective tool for screening undergraduate students at risk of failure in English-as-a-Lingua-Franca (ELF) ...
Learning to hear by learning to speak: the effect of articulatory training on Arab learners' English phonemic discrimination Australian Review of Applied Linguistics (2013)
In this paper we explore English pronunciation teaching within an English as an International Language (EIL) framework, arguing that teaching learners how to produce English phonemes can lead to an improvement in their aural ability. ...
Recognition vocabulary skill as a predictor of academic English performance and academic achievement in English Language Testing in Asia (2013)
Educational institutions across Asia spend a considerable amount of resources administeringplacement and proficiency tests to assess whether students have the English language skillsnecessary to undertake higher education instruction in English medium classrooms. Thispaper presents findings ...
Interwoven: women’s dress practices and identity on the Arabian Peninsula International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (2011)
This paper discusses the relationship between women’s fashion and identity in the Sultanate of Oman, a Gulf State on the Arabian Peninsula. In particular, it explores women’s clothing practices as expressions of religious, regional and ...
Migration and lexical variation in the dialect of Tirat Haifa Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (2009)
This study investigates the nature of lexical variation in the speech of the Tirawi who emigrated from Tirat Haifa (Palestine) to Irbid (Jordan) as a result of the Arab–Israeli war in 1948. Based on data ...
The Ersu Shaba pictographic writing system Asian Highlands Perspectives (2009)
The Ersu are a Qiangic people living in southern SìchuanProvince. A diminishing number of Ersu religious practitioners known as shaba employ a pictographic writing system described in Sun Hongkai's 1982 article that is the subject ...
Book chapters (6)
Vocabulary recognition skill as a screening tool in English-as-a-Lingua-Franca university settings Post-admission language assessment of university students (2016)
Research has shown that vocabulary recognition skill is a readily measured and relatively robust predictor of second language performance in university settings in English-speaking countries. This study builds on that research by developing an understanding ...
Conference publications (16)
University EAP pathway placement testing: scoring vocabulary test performance ALAA/ALANZ/ALTAANZ 2015: Learning in a Multilingual World (2015)
This paper examines an on-line test of vocabulary knowledge as a placement tool for assessing the academic English proficiency of students applying for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) pathways to award study at an Australian ...
Articulatory training enhances ability to perceptually discriminate problematic second language sounds International Conference on English Pronunciation (2013)
Learners of a second language often have difficulty perceptually discriminating and producing certain sounds of the target language. For example, Arabic speakers learning English often have difficulty distinguishing between the vowel sounds in ‘cat’ and ...