My undergraduate degree was in Geography, after which I taught English (TESOL) in Hungary, Poland, Saudi Arabia and the UK (I also had a brief spell as a secondary school Geography teacher). During this time, I taught English language in a variety of contexts - in state sector schools, language schools, universities and for the British Council. After completing my Master's degree, I joined Northumbria University in 1998. I now teach on the MA Applied Linguistics for TESOL, the MA TESOL, and also the BA English Language Studies and BA English Language and Literature.
I am Editor of ELT Journal, having previously edited the journal's Key Concepts feature and been a member of its Editorial Panel. I have also reviewed papers for a range of other journals in the field, including the Asian Journal of English Language Teaching (AJELT), the Journal of Language and Intercultural Communication, and the International Journal of Management Education.
As an active member of the International Association of Teachers of English as Foreign Language (IATEFL), I have in the past served on its Coordinating Committee as Treasurer, coordinated its Global Issues Special Interest Group (GISIG), and been a member of the Research SIG Committee and the annual conference Proposals Committee. I am also a member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL).