Dr Nicole Whitworth, Head of Subject

Dr Nicole Whitworth

Head of Subject

Dr Nicole Whitworth is Head of Subject for Languages in the Carnegie School of Education. Her academic background is Linguistics and Phonetics. She specialises in first and second language acquisition of speech and the teaching of phonetics and pronunciation.

Nicole has taught Linguistics and Phonetics at several local universities, including York, Sheffield, and Leeds University. Since joining Leeds Beckett, she has worked in various areas across the university. As a lecturer, Nicole was responsible for the design and delivery of the clinical phonetics and phonology curriculum on the LBU Speech Therapy course before moving to manage the Department of Languages in September 2016. She has published and presented on teaching methodology in clinical phonetics and linguistics and the acquisition of speech. Nicole also delivers CPD sessions on voice care at local primary schools and on the Teach First teacher training programme as well as presentation skills to staff working for local councils and SMEs.

As Head of Subject, she is responsible for leading and managing academic language education professionals and developing the area’s course portfolio which covers English Language Teaching and the Modern Languages Programme. Nicole has successfully worked with external academic groups on strategy development.

Current Teaching

  • Developing Early Language and Communication

Research Interests

Nicole’s research aims to identify the effect of accent and intelligibility on the integration of speakers in professional and social spaces. Focussing on vowels, she is interested in how speakers establish new sound categories and the effect of changes in speaker’s socio-linguistic context on the production of these categories. The outcomes of her research will be used to inform practitioners’ understanding of how speakers’ and listeners’ linguistic performance and meta-linguistic awareness can be shaped to facilitate social integration. Nicole is currently working on funded projects investigating refugee and migrant integration and enhancing digital inclusion in a European context.

Dr Nicole Whitworth, Head of Subject

Ask Me About

  1. Linguistics
  2. Speech and Language Therapy
  3. Children
  4. Community
  5. Culture
  6. Diversity
  7. Education
  8. Language

Selected Outputs

  • eds. Whitworth N; Knight RA (2014) Methods in Teaching Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics. J & R Press.

  • Knight RA; Whitworth N (2014) Introduction: The Place of Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics in the SLT Curriculum. In: Whitworth N; Knight RA ed. Methods in Teaching Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics.. J&R Press, pp. 1-22.

  • Whitworth N (2014) Acoustic Phonetics. In: Whitworth N; Knight R-A ed. Methods in Teaching Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics. J&R Press, pp. 47-71.

  • Whitworth N (2013) SLT Students’ Attitudes towards Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. In: 4th Colloquium of the British Association of Clinical Linguistics (BACL), 13 May 2013 - 14 May 2013, Newcastle.

  • Whitworth N; Knight R (2012) The Effect of Perceived Self-Efficacy in Phonetic Ability. In: Colloquium of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP), 26 March 2012 - 28 March 2012, The University of Leeds.

  • Whitworth N (2011) SLT students’ perception of IPA sounds: An update on vowels. In: 3rd Colloquium of the British Association of Clinical Linguists (BACL), 11 April 2011 - 12 April 2011, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK.

  • Bray M; Whitworth N (2011) Investigating Babbling in Babies with Down Syndrome. In: 3rd Colloquium of the British Association of Clinical Linguists (BACL), 11 April 2011 - 12 April 2011, Leeds Metropolitan University.