Laura specialises in modern languages teacher education.
Before working with the department, she taught French and German in state secondary schools in Oxfordshire. She became interested in teacher education whilst mentoring beginning languages teachers during their school placements.
Laura is the subject lead for the PGCE in modern languages and she also supervises higher degrees in the fields of instructed second language learning and language teacher education. Her recent research has focussed on: the use of the target language for instruction; explicit teaching of language learning strategies; students’ motivation for learning languages other than English; languages teachers’ professional learning needs and experiences; and formative language teacher evaluation.