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Currently – Professor of Education at Unitec in New Zealand.


Currently – TESOL Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program at Anaheim University in the USA.


2009-2011 – Head of Learner Development for Middlesex University, London, UK.


2007-2008 – Southeast Asian Ministers of Education, RELC, Senior Lecturer, CALL Specialist.

2000-2006 – Founding Director of the English Language Self Access Centre, at the University of Auckland, Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics.

Projects and visiting positions

2016 – Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Central Lancashire, June 2016.

2016 – Visiting Professor, Kanda University, Japan, September 2016.

2015 – Visiting Professor, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, Thailand.

2013 – Visiting Professor, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

2006-2007 – Educational technology consultant for King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand.

2005 – Visiting professor at Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan.

2004-2005 – Project manager for the TOEFL IBT listening/reading test materials study, University of Auckland.

2004 – Visiting professor at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thon, Bangkok, Thailand.

2004 – Visiting scholar at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

2003 – Project manager for the TOEFL CBT validation study, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

2003-2004 – Project manager for the Adult Literacy Project, University of Auckland.

2002 – Project Manager for the TOEFL validation study at the University of Auckland.

2000 Project coordinator at the University of Auckland, Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics.

2000 – Academic consultant (CALL specialist) in the Department of Languages and Communication at the University of Groningen.

1999 – Research consultant in the Research and Consultancy Centre for Educational Linguistics (ETOC), the Netherlands.

1994-1999 – Volunteer teacher of Dutch and English to refugees, Educas, the Netherlands.

Editorial boards

Currently – Founding editor of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, tri-annual peer-reviewed journal, published by Taylor & Francis. With Terry Lamb.


Currently – Associate Editor of the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT).

Currently – Editorial board member of Sage Open.

Currently – Editorial board member of Language Learning & Technology.

Currently – Editorial board member of RELC Journal

Currently – Editorial board member for the Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments.

Currently – Editorial board member of the Eurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics.

Currently – Editorial board member of the Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal.

Currently – Editorial board member for the journal of Second Language Studies, Iran.

Currently – Editorial board member for rEFLections Journal, Thailand.

Currently – Editorial board member for English Language Teaching World Online.

Currently – Editorial board member for the International Journal of Research in ELT.

Currently – Editorial board member for JALTCALL Journal, Japan.

Currently – Editorial board member for the Iranian Journal of Research in English Language Teaching.

Currently – Advisory board member for PASAA Journal, Chulalongkorn University, CULI, Bangkok, Thailand.

Currently – Advisory board member for TEFLIN Journal, Indonesia.

Currently – Advisory board member for Studies in Self-Access Learning.

Academic Service

Currently – Convenor (with Alice Chik) of the AILA Research Network on Digital Gaming.

Currently – Research Chair, Anaheim University, USA.

Currently – Chair of the Ethics Committee, Anaheim University, USA.

Currently – External Reviewer for the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong

Currently – Reviewer for System (since 2008).

Currently – Associate Researcher on the ‘Web 2.0 European Language Portfolio’ project at the European Centre for Modern Languages.

Currently – Member of the Routledge Experts Panel for Education Arena.

Currently – Member of IMS global learning consortium.

Currently – Member-at-large of the JALT Learner Development SIG.

Currently – Member of a number of professional organisations in the areas of applied linguistics and language teaching (including Stets, SAAL, BAAL, Alanz, JALT, AULC, Cercles)

Currently – Member of FOSSFA (the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa)

Currently – member of Teachers without Borders.

Currently – member of the International Virtual Environments Research Group

Currently – member of the Language, Literacy and Digital Education group at UCLAN, Lancaster, UK.

2017 – Reviewer for the Journal of Learning & Individual Differences (Elsevier).

2017 – member of the honorary scientific committee of the International Conference on New Trends in English Language Teaching and Testing (, Dubai August 24, 2017.

2017 – member of the scientific committee of the 1st Conference on Practical and Pedagogical Issues in English Language Teaching and Learning” which will be held by Islamic Azad University, Urmia Branch, in Urmia, Iran, August 26-27.

2017 – Editorial Advisory Board member of “Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Technology-Enhanced Language Learning”, published by IGI.

2016 – Reviewer for the International Journal of Applied Linguistics

2016 – PhD Examiner for Waikato University.

2016 – Reviewer for Computers and Education

2016 – Research Advisor for Qassim University, Saudi Arabia

2015 – PhD Examiner for the University of Auckland.

2015 – External Monitor of the PhD programme at King Mongkut University in Thailand.

2015 – Editorial Advisory Board member for ‘Multiculturalism & Technology-Enhanced Language Learning’, by Tafazoli & Romero: IGI Global.

2015 – Reviewer for Applied Linguistics.

2011-2014 – Convenor, AILA Research Network for Technology and the Language Learner, with Glenn Stockwell.

2014 – PhD examiner for Massey University, Palmerston North

2013 – Reviewer for Language Teaching Research.

2013 – PhD examiner for Macquarie University, Sydney

2012 – PhD examiner for Monash University, Melbourne

2009-2012 – Panel member for the Masters and Doctorate in Professional Studies Programme Approval Panel and Research Ethics Sub Committee membership, at the Institute of Work-based Learning, Middlesex University, London.

2009-2011 – member of The Teaching and Learning Committee, the International Business Group, the Progression & Achievement Committee, the Senior Learning Resources Management Committee, and the Student Experience Committee, at Middlesex University. In March 2010 I was elected to the Academic Board. I chair the Learner Development Steering Group.

2011 – Reviewer for Language Awareness.

2011 – Reviewer for Computer-Assisted Language Learning.

2004-2008 – Co-editor of the refereed journal of the PACCALL (Pacifc Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning) (see: journal).


2008 – Reviewer for Applied Linguistics.

2007-2008 – Reviewer for Language Teaching Research.

2007-2009 – Reviewer for Language Learning.

2003-2010 – Coordinator of the Learner Autonomy Project Inventory.

2008-2009 – Materials developer for Macmillan English Campus (academic English materials for online study: see here).

2009 – Conference committee member for the 4th Independent Learning Conference in Hong Kong, 2009.

2008 – Editorial board member for ‘Language Acquisition Technologies: Web 2.0 Transformation of Learning’, by Thomas, M. (Ed.), published by IGI.

2002-2007 – Member of the Languages Support Taskforce, University of Auckland.

2007 – PhD examiner for the University of South Australia.

2008 – Reviewer for the 2008 SLRF Conference.

2008 – Reviewer for the 2008 JALTCALL conference.

2004-2008 – Executive committee member of the Pacific Computer-Assisted Language Learning Association New Zealand Chapter President.

2004 – grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand for ‘establishing a comparative research methodology framework for the investigation of independent language learning and related teacher development’.

2004 – Member of the organising committee for the inaugural conference of the Pacific Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning conference, December 1-3, 2004.

2003 – Travel award to present at the e-ducation conference in Abu Dhabi February 22-24, 2003.

2003 – External examiner for Otago University.

2002-2003 – Convenor of the Independent Learning conference in Melbourne September, 2003 (see under ‘Autonomy’).

2002 – Co-founder of the Independent Learning Association (see under ‘Autonomy’).

2002-2003 – Member of the Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment reference group at the University of Auckland.

2001 – Research grant from the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics for the project ‘A Study of Tertiary Level English Language Self Access Centres in Australia and New Zealand’.

2000 – Finalist of the Dutch AILA (Anela) thesis prize.


2011 – Wine and Spirits Education Trust certified instructor (I know, I know, not very academic!)..

2011 – Wine and Spirits Education Trust advanced certificate, with distinction.

2010 – Wine and Spirits Education Trust intermediate certificate, with distinction.

2005 – PhD University of Auckland, Department of Applied Language Studies & Linguistics. Recipient of a Top Achiever Doctoral Award from the Foundation for Science, Research and Technology for a period of 3 years.

2000 – Master’s degree (Honours) in Applied Linguistics from the University of Groningen. Finalist of the Dutch AILA (Anela) thesis prize.

1999 – Study in Damascus at the University of Damascus.

1996 – Scholarship to Study in Cairo at the Dutch Institute for Arabic and Archeological Studies.

1995-1998 – BA degree (Honours) in Applied Linguistics from the University of Groningen.

1994-1999 – BA degree in Languages and Cultures of the Middle East at the University of Groningen. First language Arabic, second language Hebrew. Specialisation: Arabic language acquisition, Dutch language acquisition by Arabic speakers, Civil Society.

1993 – Italian Language and Culture in Siena, Italy at the ‘Università per Stranieri’. Italian language advanced levels, Italian 19th century poetry, Renaissance art, Italian phonology, Italian art history.

Selection of courses taught

  • Fostering Innovation in the Workplace
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Educational Technology
  • Educational Policy
  • Research Skills
  • Leadership in Education
  • Analysing Learner Language
  • Technology in Language Learning and Teaching
  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning (various courses)
  • Task-based Language Teaching
  • Research in Applied Linguistics
  • Resource-based language teaching
  • Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (undergraduate)
  • curriculum development
  • Interlanguage Pragmatics

Teacher Education

  • Certificate in TESOL
  • Teaching Writing Through Text Types for Secondary School Teachers
  • Teaching Oral Presentation Skills
  • Structure of English
  • Classroom Management
  • Instructional Design
  • Strategy instruction
  • Learner Autonomy
  • Discourse Analysis and Language Teaching
  • Materials Design

Language Proficiency

  • Academic Writing, Listening to Lectures, Presentations Skills and many other academic English topics
  • English Proficiency for L2 English Teachers
  • Dutch as a second language for refugees
  • General English classes: all topics from lower secondary to adult learners
  • Beginner level Arabic
  • Beginner level Italian
  • TOEFL and IELTS preparation classes
  • English for Government Officials and other ESP classes
  • A wide range of self-access workshops
  • Language counselling sessions.
With a group of students in Singapore

With some of my students in Singapore

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Recent books
Innovation in Language Learning & Teaching. The case of Thailand.

Contemporary Task-based Language Teaching in Asia.
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