I grew up in England but have lived and worked abroad for extended periods in the USA and Japan.
My academic background is both in literature and English language teaching, particularly English for Academic Purposes. I have a BA and MA in English Literature as well as an MA in Applied Linguistics. My MA dissertation focused on how minority/diaspora literature can aid in the preparation of international students for study abroad experiences.
I have taught English Literature and ESL/EFL/EAP courses at universities in the USA, Japan and England.
Currently I am a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Applied Linguistics. I teach on the MA and MSc programmes, the Insessional academic English program, and I am also involved in online materials development and e-learning initiatives.