Castle Howard (near York)

Research Interests

Teaching methodology and syllabus design:

I mainly focus on the development and evaluation of active learning methods for the teaching of English reading, writing, listening, and speech. I am especially interested in collaborative learning, autonomous learning, portfolios, and other ways to encourage students to take more responsibility for their own learning.

Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) and computer-assisted language learning (CALL):

I make and evaluate e-learning materials both on-line and on CD-rom. I am currently using the MOODLE course management system (CMS) to provide a virtual learning environment (VLE) for my students. I have been impressed with the versatility and usefulness of this system, so I would like to recommend it to other teachers.

Computer-mediated communication (CMC):

I have been running on-line discussion groups (message boards) for my students for several years and am conducting research into how these influence students' learning and motivation. In one of my research studies, a class of 21 English major students were involved in a 14-week composition course conducted via the Internet. During this time they wrote essays and commented on one another's essays. In total, there were more than 1,200 messages. I administered questionnaires and am planning to evaluate this course both quantitatively and qualitatively.

Faculty Development (FD) and in-service teacher training programs for English teachers:

I am often invited to deliver lectures and workshops for groups of teachers. These are primarily related to communicative teaching methodolgies and computer-assisted instruction. I am very interested in researching ways to develop effective in-service teacher training programs and would like to set up such a program.


Below is a list of the organizations to which I belong. If you are interested in finding out more, please follow the links to each organization's web site.


The Japan Association of College English Teachers (JACET), originally a subsidiary of the Institute for Research in Language Teaching, was founded as an independent organization in 1962. JACET was established in a time of educational reform, in order to improve the state of English language education. Those involved were strongly convinced of the need to solve college-level problems relating to English language education so as to improve the teaching of the subject at all levels of the educational system.


The Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the improvement of language teaching and learning both within Japan and internationally with nearly 3,000 members in chapters and affiliates across Japan as well as members abroad.


LET encourages the exchange of theories, methods, and knowledge related to the use of educational media among foreign language-teaching professionals with the goals of advancement of the field and sharing of resources among members.


The Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), is a professional organization that serves a membership involved in both education and high technology. CALICO has an emphasis on modern language teaching and learning, but reaches out to all areas that employ the languages of the world to instruct and to learn. CALICO is a recognized international clearinghouse and leader in computer assisted learning and instruction. It is, by several years, the senior global association dedicated to CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning).


The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit professional organization with a worldwide membership of leaders and potential leaders in educational technology. We are dedicated to providing leadership and service to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in K? 12 education and teacher education. We provide our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of incorporating computers, the Internet, and other new technologies into their schools.


Founded in 1966, the global education association, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, has approximately 14,000 members in over 120 countries, and is recognized as a non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations Department of Public Information. Its mission is to ensure excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other languages. TESOL values professionalism in language education; individual language rights; accessible, high quality education; collaboration in a global community; interaction of research and reflective practice for educational improvement; and respect for diversity and multiculturalism.