I became involved in English Language Teaching in 1991 when I fell in love with Spain. I spent 3 years teaching for language schools, Basque Government officials and business executives as well as the convent school my mother attended as a child.
After returning to England to complete my MA in Second Language Materials Development at Luton University, I taught in Junior and Senior High Schools in Nagoya, Japan for a few years.
From 1998 to 2004 I worked at the University of Maine in the USA, teaching ESL and applied linguistic courses. I also worked for a year at Leeds Metropolitan University in their Materials Development Unit teaching on MA courses and conducting research in materials development.
Currently, I run the English Language Programme for diplomats and staff at the United Nations in New York. I have also been fortunate enough to work as a writer, trainer and consultant on materials development projects in China, Ethiopia, Singapore, South Africa, and Trinidad and Tobago.
My professional and research interests include the application of Second Language Acquisition findings to materials development. You can sample my professional interests at
http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/methodology/lexical_approach1.shtml or http://www.hltmag.co.uk/may02/joke.htm.