I was born in Wales near Swansea, but we moved to England when I was young, and I grew up near Basingstoke (South West of London). I took a BA (hons) in Music and then an MA in 20th Century Music at Bristol University. Later I did a PhD in Language Programme Assessment at Manchester University.
After being a Middle School teacher in England, I decided to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and to follow my love for "Baduk". Therefore I came to Korea. After two years in Seoul, I went to Andong National University (ANU), as Visiting Professor of English and from there to Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
In 1997, I was invited to design and set up a "Conversation-English" programme for all students at ANU.
I saw this as a chance to make a language programme based on principles of student-centred learning: Confidence, Motivation and Independence (CMI). The programme is described and evaluated in my Ph.D.Thesis, and the student-centred books are available on the web (free download) ("Tell Me More!", "Now You're Talking!", "The Way Ahead").
After Andong, I set up a conversation programme at Seoul National University of Technology (SNUTLC) (2000), received my Ph.D. from Manchester University, and married a wonderful person, all in the same year. In January 2001 I returned to the HK PolyU , this time as Language Testing Consultant on the Graduating Students' Language Proficiency Assessment programme (GSLPA). I then joined the faculty of the English Education Department at Kyungpook National University (KNU) in September 2001.
In November 2011 I was invited to set up a speaking/writing Freshman English program at KNU, based on holistic, pedagogically sound principles. The results can be seen here.