I'm a native Englishman, born in London but now living in Sydney, and I've always been closely involved in language and languages.
With a Master's degree from Cambridge University in Anglo-Saxon and Latin - the two languages which more than any others go to make up the English that we speak today - I have a good knowledge of English grammar and word origins. I also speak several modern languages.
I've been an English teacher for the past 15 years. My two major interests as a teacher have always been vocabulary extension and the elimination of mistakes. I believe strongly that the best way to do this is to have my students keep repeating any new learning, by recalling it, writing it and saying it over and again. My classes are therefore characterised by plenty of short exercises - quizzes, spelling tests, vocabulary activities, speaking routines, grammar checks etc.
I am the author of an encyclopaedia of crime and police work, published in England in 2002, and have written a number magazine articles, published nationally in Australia and England, on English teaching.
Away from work, I am married with two children aged 18 and 11. I am a keen cricketer and enjoy fishing, rowing and local history.