I began my career in TESOL and Applied Linguistics working as an English teacher in France, Kenya and Mauritius,
where I lived for five years.
In the 1970s I set up my own primary and junior high school with another colleague in Mauritius.
That school, Alexandra House School, still continues today.
After I moved from the UK to Australia with my
family in the early 1980s, I worked in the New South Wales Adult Migrant English Service, teaching newly arrived
immigrants and refugees to Australia for eight years as a teacher, assistant principal and teacher educator.
The NSW AMES is part of a national program, the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) funded by the Australian
Government to assist new arrivals to learn English for settlement.
In 1990 I joined the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, and worked in the National
Centre for English Language Teaching and Research (NCELTR) as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer.
There, I coordinated the Professional Development and Research Section (1992-1998) and then became the
Associate Director (1998-2003). At the same time I taught in the Department of Linguistics as a Senior
Lecturer in the Applied Linguistics programs.
I was appointed as Chair and Professor in the Department of Linguistics in 2003 and was the Dean of the
Division of Linguistics and Psychology from 2000-2005. I have also held Adjunct Professor positions in
the School of Educational Studies at La Trobe University (2000-203) and in the School of English and Applied
Linguistics at UNITEC, Auckland (2003-2005). I was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the Macquarie Graduate
School of Management (MGSM) at Macquarie University in 2006.
Some other recent appointments include Board Membership of the
Extensive Reading Foundation
a non-profit organisation for the support and promotion
of extensive reading.
The ERF's annual Language Learner Literature Award is for the best works of
language learner literature in English.
In 2006 I was appointed a member of the TESOL Research Standing Committee, and
since 2009 I have been the chair of this
I am also member-at large on the AILA Executive Board
(International Association for Appiled Linguistics)
I was appointed as Professor in Language Education at Aston University from
1 June 2010. I am an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney and continue
my links with Macquarie University as an Honorary Associate in the Department