- Position: Teaching Fellow (Sociolingusitics)
- Areas of expertise: Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Anthropological Linguistics, Language, Gender and Sexuality.
- Email: P.Freestone@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 1761
I am a research-driven tutor of Sociolinguistics and English for Academic Purposes and I have been teaching in highly-ranked universities since 2008. I have also been an assessor for globally-recognised exam providers since 2010. As a passionate language learner and cultural explorer, I approach students as fellow learners and my teaching excellence has been acknowledged by many of the universities where I have worked in mainland China, Hong Kong and the UK. For example, at the University of Reading, I was nominated for the Teaching Excellence Award in relation to my teaching on courses in Applied Linguistics and Sociolinguistics.
My PhD is a linguistic-ethnographic study of discourses of sexuality in Sinophone contexts, supervised by Rodney Jones, a leading figure in the field, and for which I won a prestigious scholarship. Through this project, I create impact in terms of the LGBT+ emancipation movement in mainland China and Taiwan. I have also presented numerous papers on issues in the teaching of English for Academic Purposes, and especially on related issues of global power.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>