The material that will gradually populate this site, will be self-created. Most of the ‘stuff’ relates to my areas of interest and what I have done. My interests are wide, and hopefully people who visit the site may be able to find something useful. So the ethos here is sharing with the wider community, especially those interested in English.
Who am I?
Born and brought up in London, and of Pakistani heritage, I currently work and live in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. At the time of writing, I’m in my 40s. Once I’m in my 50s, I’ll change this, so I’m not trying to hide my age, just saving the headache of having to update this bit of information.
I’m a UK qualified accountant (ACMA), thus I was formerly an accountant/tax advisor and IT consultant/trainer (ERP, CRM and E-Commerce). In total this is about 20 years of my working life. Although not actively using all of the skills I acquired, I find that these come in handy in my ‘new’ career.
Since 2004, I’ve been involved in ELT/TESOL/EFL/ESL (which basically means I teach English). I’m also an Applied Linguist – a somewhat grand term, but which means that I’m also interested in how people learn languages.
I have an MA in Applied Linguistics, and am trying to get through a doctorate in Tesol/Applied Linguistics.
My main areas of interest include Language Testing (I was also Head of Language Testing overseeing exams for around 5,000 students), Common European Framework (CEFR), English for Academic purposes, teaching English Language skills, teacher training, developing Assessment Literacy amongst teachers, corpus linguistics and language and identity.
Not related directly to EFL/ESL other areas of interest include helping educational organisations create non-financial measures of performance, and how to facilitate improvements and/or change, hopefully for the better.
I also busy myself by being an examiner for the odd well-known examinations board. I don’t want to let out with who, as this is ‘top-secret’.:)
Your feedback is essential and if there are any resources you’d like to see added, or you just want to say something, please do let me know.