30th November 1961
Born in Newcastle in the North East of England. After working in London as a campaigner for youth rights I came to Vitoria-Gasteiz for the Fiestas and the sun! I have worked as an English trainer since 1992 specialising in Business English, content creation, on-line learning and telephone English. I have also worked in Bosnia and Saudi Arabia. I have a Master in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language from the university of Jaén and am accredited as a teacher trainer by International House.
Why I’m an English Coach:
This is more than just a job. I’m not just a ‘profesor de inglés’. Teachers and students together are all learning how to learn. A teacher can learn a lot from their students as well if they are prepared to listen and be open minded. I try to follow Bruce Lee’s advice: “A good teacher can never be fixed in a routine… each moment requires a sensitive mind that is constantly changing and constantly adapting.”
Advice to learners:
Put yourself into as many communicative situations as you can. Don’t be shy and live the language!
Languages, Internet, films, politics, Newcastle United Football Club and ‘El Glorioso’ Alavés.
Black, white, red.
Germinal – Emile Zola.
Manhattan – Woody Allen.
Favourite TV programmes:
Mad Men, The Wire, The Sopranos.
Basque, Indian, Bosnian, Chinese, Arab and Italian.
“Nihil humani a me alienum puto.” [Nothing human is alien to me] – Terence.
My favourite songs:
1. You Make Me Feel So Young – Frank Sinatra
2. Aita Semeak – Oskorri
3. Atmosphere – Joy Division
My favourite links: