I've been working in the field of education since the 1980s, but not always as a teacher. Having graduated as a graphic designer, I worked for the National Union of Teachers in the UK and for the Malawi Institute of Education in Africa. However, with the advancement of new technology I was reluctant to swap the drawing board for a computer so instead of learning how to use desktop publishing, I decided to become a teacher of English as a foreign language and never looked back. I got the DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults) in 1999.
I've been teaching for almost 20 years now in a variety of countries (including France, Spain, Vietnam, Tunisia, Thailand and Jordan) mostly with the British Council. In 2001 I began to focus on teacher training which meant working with local teachers and trainers and often working with the local Ministry of Education providing support during workshops. I also began to write teaching materials. However, I am no longer a technophobe and a lot of my materials writing is for teaching websites, including Macmillan's ELT online resource site onestopenglish.com and their online learning environment Macmillan English Campus. I have produced lesson plans and worksheets for the reading and writing parts of the skills section for onestopenglish and interactive language activities for Campus.
For Macmillan Education I have written a number of books. The first one was Essential Reading, a skills book aimed at Asian university students. The latest, co-written with Kate Pickering, was the beginner level of Global, a general English course book for adults.
I am now based in Portugal. Along with teaching and writing I also produce listening material for both learners and teachers of English in the form of podcasts and worksheets for podcastsinenglish.com