Rose Brooks, BA, MA, MSc, PGDip

Department of Human Communication SciencesRose Brooks
University of Sheffield
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS
United Kingdom



I trained as a primary and special needs teacher in the USA. After teaching in primary education for seven years (including roles as SENCo, deputy head and acting headteacher), I moved across to the local authority advisory service. Advisory teacher posts have covered a range of areas, including General Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism and currently speech and language. Early in my career I completed an MA in Curriculum Studies at the London Institute of Education, carrying out a qualitative study on teacher perceptions of research. A continuing interest in the needs of individual learners has led to a postgraduate diploma in Dyslexia and an MSc in my current department. My dissertation, which received a distinction, focussed on effective methods of vocabulary instruction.

Research interests

Psycholinguistics, vocabulary instruction, language and literacy

My PhD dissertation will be a randomised control trial on the impact of phonological awareness (form-based) cues in vocabulary teaching. It is becoming more common in primary education to use a sound-meaning approach to vocabulary instruction, but the impact of the new pedagogy needs to be evaluated.


NAPLIC, AMBDA, BAAL, SIG secondary, SIG literacy


Dr Jenny Thomson
Dr Meesha Warmington


Faculty scholarship (2015-2021)