School of Languages and Area Studies
Mr William Forsyth
- Role Title: Senior Lecturer, English and Linguistics
- Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
- Telephone: 023 9284 6168
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
- Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
I am a teacher and writer. I have a BA Hons. in English from the University of Leeds; a PGCE (English and Drama) from Bretton Hall College; the RSA Dip TEFL from the Bell School, Cambridge; and an MA TEFL from the University of Reading. I have QTS and, since 1982, have taught in the Secondary, Further Ed and HE sectors, as well as long stretches in private language schools. I have written seven English Language Teaching text books, five of them with my wife, Susan Lavender. I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA.
I have taught General English in the UK; Business English in Italy (3½ yrs); and applied linguistics and trained teachers at the Pedagogic University of Mongolia (2½ yrs) in Ulaan Baatar. Other courses include initial and in-service teacher training at the University of Reading and Chichester College; and training Uzbek teachers in course book planning and design at the University of Reading. More recently, I have written and performed verse in primary schools (a) because I love verse and (b) because I think the figurative and phonic effects of language are important in the development of human cognition.
At the University of Portsmouth, I am a senior lecturer and Course Leader of the BA in Communication and English Studies. I coordinate “Business Communication” for non-native learners at Level 6; and “How Language Works”: an introduction to the basics of applied linguistics for level 4 students.
In addition to my interest in learning, and particularly language learning, I am interested in how language works both in the mind and in social groups. At the moment, I am trying to pursue two research interests: (1) how we construct the idea and institution of non-physical structures such as a nation; and (2) how prosody organises and manages linguistic information, its relationship with syntax, and how this might help with language learning.