Born and bred in Bristol, I left at the ripe age of 18 to
study at Didsbury College in Manchester with the aim of becoming a history
teacher. Having rapidly discovered an allergy to other people's kids I become
an archaeologist instead. In 1979 I settled in France, joined the ELT world
and have remained here ever since, the last 19 years in Nantes,
a beautiful city on the West Coast.
Having done the standard language
school network, an interest in ESP brought me to the University of Nantes where
I worked largely with the
Biology Departement and the IUP
Chimie-Biology. In 1996 I obteined an MSc in English for Specific Purposes
at Aston University and then did doctoral
studies in Corpus Linguistics in Nantes where I was duly "doctored"
in December 1999. After obtaining my PhD I got a job lecturing in the
Université de Bretagne-Sud,
Lorient. UBS is a young dynamic university with lots of potential to develop new
projects, so as I am also young and dynamic with plenty of new projects in
Corpus Linguistics that is where I shall stay.