I have been teaching English language for over 30 years. It really all started out as a bit of a back-packing adventure in Valencia, Spain, but it soon turned into a profession and a passion! I studied for a Certificate and then a Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), and I worked for International House in Spain, France, Hungary and the Czech Republic as a teacher, teacher trainer and assistant director of studies. I was lucky enough to be able to hone my professional skills while exploring new languages and cultures. It was also an opportunity to experience the many social and political changes which were under way at that time across Europe. When I returned to the UK, I worked as an English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) tutor in Further Education (FE), which, among other things, helped me to understand the value of direct engagement in the diverse communities we teach in. I then took a slight detour and joined Cambridge University Press as a Lexicographer, working on on the suite of Cambridge Learner Dictionaries. It turned out to be a great opportunity to further explore the raw materials and tools of my trade!  I eventually returned to my roots in the North West of England and entered the world of Higher Education (HE). I completed an MA in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Manchester, focusing on English grammar, and I then joined the university as a Senior Language Tutor. Over 14 years in this role, I developed particular expertise in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), scientific writing and the use of film as an educational tool.

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