I am a staff member in the Manchester Institute of Education, with a particular interest in the use of ecological and complex systems theory to understand language education, language learning, teacher professional development, multilingualism, as well as researcher development. I am currently teaching course units on the ‘Psychology of Language Learning’, ‘Language Awareness for TESOL’, and ‘Developing Researcher Competence’.
I was born in Trondheim, Norway, grew up on a small island called Kirkøy – also Norway, my parents are both Dutch, my name is Frisian, I have a Chinese great great grand parent, my wife is from Turkey, and our son is British. We have been in Manchester since 2005 and we work and live in the great company of colleagues such as Gary, Diane, Richard, Zeynep, Susan, Nahielly, Min, and lots of super B, M and D level students.
My TESOL background includes an RSA/Cambridge certificate at International House Hasting in 1993, then working and living in Seoul, South Korea for a few years, after which I found my way onto a MEd TESOL programme at the University of Leeds. I enjoyed the academic environment and went on to do a PhD. I also did some teaching at Leeds, including teaching UK undergraduate students and working on a teacher education programme for Omani primary school English teachers. Post PhD I worked as a research fellow for Professor Lynne Cameron on a project focused on metaphor in Conciliation talk, departing then for a while from the TESOL focus.
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