Download PDF

Summary

I have worked in the field of English language teaching for over 30 years. In that time I have gained a wide experience of various aspects of the industry:

  • Language teacher/lecturer -post-graduate students, professionals mainly (young learners, some undergraduate) 
  • DELTA qualified
  • MBA qualified
  • Business and Medical English trainer
  • IELTS Trainer and coach
  • Teacher trainer - (Trinity Tesol Certificate) and CDP
  • Language Examiner (IELTS)
  • Online moderator of educational forums, E-learning specialist, E-mentor, Content creation, website management
  • Materials writer, test writer (Richmond publishing/Gapfillers)
  • ELT Management

Work experience

Sep 1995Present

Director of Studies

English Language Training Ltd

English Language Training is boutique English language school specialising in providing bespoke one to one and small group in-company and residential immersion language training to businesses and individuals who need to improve their language skills. Former training clients have included:

Unilever, Shell, Ericsson, Sony-Ericsson, Amazon, Pernod Ricard, Glaxo, ABB

I am responsible for creating the courses (and delivering many of these) both face to face and online using our website (below)

2006Present

E-learning site for English language training

Gapfillers

As a result of work in the field of corporate language training,  in 2006 I developed my E-learning site, Gapfillers, to deliver advanced level training to people who need high level English language skills for work or study but who are unable to attend regular training sessions. The idea was to fill gaps in language using gaps in the day. 

The site also hosts our  IELTS programmes for students who need to achieve Band 7 and 8

  • In 2006 the site was shortlisted for the ELtons.
  • In 2007 Gapfillers was runner up in the business competition at Venturefest York .
  • Gapfillers won the Yorkshire Digital Award for best E-learning site in 2008.

It is maintained regularly, and it delivers advanced level English language exercises to members.

Various programmes are run from the site using the content and adding Skype sessions and webinars in more specialist areas such as IELTS and Business English.

A 1-year mentoring programme for practising English language teachers, ELT-Mentor, also runs on the site. This can be combined with our residential programme or as a stand-alone solution.

20032003

Topics in Medicine

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust produces a series of Topics in Medicine for use by clinics in developing countries. I worked with an Indonesian doctor editing and proof-reading the CD for Leprosy for Indonesia and checking the Indonesian translation against the original English.

1995Sep 1995

Test writer

Richmond Publishing

Contract project  - I wrote test booklets for the  teenage EFL course series 'Freeform' - 4 levels.

Sep 1991July 2003

Lecturer in EFL and Marketing co-ordinator

Southwark College

I taught all levels of EFL courses to our International adult students. I was also part of the Medical English team which prepared doctors for the PLAB English and later the IELTS exams.

I worked on the Nuffield project for overseas doctors which provided an open learning centre with dedicated medical English material. I sat on the steering committee for this project.

I also helped to co-ordinate and teach business English courses for students and companies.

I was also part of the teacher training team for the Trinity College TESOL Certificate course offered twice a year by the College.

In my marketing role I put together a 5 year marketing plan for the department under the self-financing initiative launched by the College.

Between 1999 and 2002 I was an IELTS Examiner at the Southwark IELTS Exam Centre (I also examined at other centres in London)

Sep 1988Sep 1991

Lecturer in English Language - Open Learning Centre

Bradford College 

The Open Learning centre was available for anybody who needed help with any aspect of English. From helping with learning to read to planning Phd theses we never knew who our students were going to be. The centre housed a large library of resources and we needed to be familiar with everything.

In addition to my role as one of the centre language lecturers I also had dedicated English language classes. These included writing workshops, English speaking classes preparing for Trinity College oral exams and language support classes for overseas students on other courses including degree courses.

Sep 1982Jun 1988

Classroom teacher K4 through Grade 1

Medan International School

I taught a mixed class of K4, K5 and Grade 1 (4 to 7 year olds). I also had responsibilty for the English as an additional language lessons throughout the school.

While at the school I was involved in setting up many exhibitions of art and drama for both my class and the EAL students. I acquired two Apple computers for my classroom and ensured that all the children in my class started with their computer literacy.

Feb 1980Jun 1985

Lecturer in English and Music

University of North Sumatra Indonesia

I continued to work in the English language department working with postgraduate students on their language and literature research. I also joined the department of Ethnomusicology in 1980. I delivered these courses in Indonesian. 

Oct 1977Jun 1979

English language lecturer

Voluntary Service Overseas

I worked as part of a team on a British Council English language project to develop the English skills of lecturers at the University. The lecturers were drawn from all departments and following their English language training were eligible to apply for academic scholarships to study at Masters and PhD level as well as In-Service courses in the UK, US and Australia.

Education

Oct 1989Sep 1990

MBA

Bradford University School of Management

This full-time MBA course covered business-related areas including Finance and Marketing.

I took an elective in Human Resources for the second half of the course and my Management Project was on the topic of Corporate Relocation 

Sep 1979Dec 1979

RSA Diploma TEFLA

International House London

This was a professional training course to qualify as an English as a Foreign language teacher to adults. I took the qualifying examination in June 1980 in Singapore at the British Council and acheived a distinction.

This certificate is now the DELTA.

Oct 1974Jun 1977

BA Hons 2:1

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

English

Studied English grammar and Lingustics also Anglo Saxon, Middle English and Dialectology. One year of English Literature

Music

All-round music course practical and theory. History of Music, practical skills (keyboard harmony etc..) played in several orchestras (trumpet) and early music groups. Sang in several choirs from madrigal group to university choral society. Specialised in Medieval and Early Renaissance music.

Also one year of French language and literature.

Member of several University clubs. Secretary of the General Arts society.

Co-organiser Virtual Round Table online Conferences

The Virtual Round Table Conference is a conference held online for people in the ELT industry who are interested in using technology tools in their work.

The Virtual Round Table Conference was shortlisted for the 2011 ELTons.

Moderator #Edchat and #ELTchat 2009 - 2013

#Edchat is a weekly discussion forum on twitter for educators from all over the world. It is a movement of educators interested in educational reform and the integration of technology into the classroom. As well as moderating, I also maintained the blog summary of each discussion.

#ELTchat is a discussion similar to #edchat but specifically for teachers of English language. Again it is an international group and I was part of a team which moderates and promotes this forum.

It produces weekly podcasts of the discussions as well as podcasts of several ELT topics by well known people in the ELT industry. ELTchat was shortlisted for the ELTons in 2012

Interests

My interests outside of my work are

  • Music - I sing in a choir and play the piano 
  • Reading
  • Gardening - I especially enjoy growing vegetables and fruit
  • Chair of local Floral & Horticultural Society
  • Walking