I worked as a translator and social worker before starting to teach German, English and women’s self-defence. My connection with Aston goes back to 1987 when I did the very first Certificate in TEFL course run by the then Language Studies Unit. The following year I started teaching on EAP courses, and went from there to get involved with the expansion of EAP/ESP short course provision, as well as distance learning and on-campus teacher training courses.
JALT, Kobe, Japan, Oct. 2013: The interpersonal dimension of language learning and Learner anecdotes
Topics and conversation . CamTESOL conference, Cambodia. 2013
It’s good to talk. Featured presenter at KOTESOL International Conference, Seoul, 2011
How’s it going? Conversational competence in intercultural encounters, TESOL Spain 2010
Task-based learning and teaching: opportunities and challenges. Plenary talk ELT conference, Cuba 2010
'But anyway...' Topic management in native-speaker/non-native-speaker conversations China: 5th International Conference on ELT in China 2007
Dealing with misunderstandings: lessons from native-speaker/non-native-speaker conversations Japan: JALT 2007
Responses to feedback in a distance learning context TESOL Greece 2006
Reflections on the relevance and outcomes of a Communication Skills course for 1st year undergraduates University of Luton : Symposium on Academic Communication Skills 2004
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