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Dr Michael Willett

Dr Michael Willett

Learn to Teach / Employability

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 22510820
2.08, 5-7 Corbett Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EB

I completed my PhD in English Language and Literature in 2014 at the Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University. My study was an investigation into speakers' recognition of certain sound-meaning correlations, known as phonaesthemes, identified in the vocabulary of English.

My research interests are phonetics and phonology, spoken language, literary linguistics (stylistics), and the use of intonation as a meaning-marking tool in sociocultural contexts such as the workplace. I am also interested in how multimodal [linguistic] cultural artefacts such as music, television and memes, can enhance teaching and learning in Higher Education.  

I am the programme director for the HEA-accredited 'Learning to Teach' course, which provides training in Higher Education teaching and learning for graduate tutors in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. I am also the academic lead for the new Employability module in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AfHEA)

Academic positions

  • 2014-16: Lecturer in English Language and Communication at Cardiff University
  • Associate Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol


Research interests

  • phonetics and phonology
  • intonation
  • spoken language
  • literary stylistics
  • multimodality in Higher Education teaching and learning