Postgraduate Education

 9/01 – 12/07                  Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics (L2 Discourse Analysis) University of Reading, U.K. Supervisor: Alan Tonkyn

10/97 – 10/98                M.A. in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching University of Leeds, U.K.


12/09 – present   Assistant Professor in English Language at Coventry University, UK

4/04 – 12/08   Senior Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at Oxford Brookes University, UK

Taught on the MA in TESOL and supervised dissertations. Taught on the BA in English Language and Linguistics including modules in Sociolinguistics and Intercultural Communication; supervised final year dissertations. Course managed and taught on the Graduate Preparation Diploma which prepares international students for postgraduate study; led a team of 3-4 tutors in implementation of this course. Provided in-sessional support for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Conducted research in L2 discourse, and TESOL methodology.

9/99 – 4/04        Assistant Professor of Linguistics and English as a Second Language at Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan.

Lectured in linguistics and second language acquisition to university undergraduates. Modules included phonetics & phonology, grammar, discourse analysis, pragmatics, morphology and syntax, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition,. Taught English as a second language with EAP focus including academic writing, reading strategies, listening to lectures, presentation skills, and intercultural communication. Designed curricula and implemented these in content-based and task-based courses for specific student requirements. Prepared and administered written and oral proficiency tests for assessment of language skills. Supervised students on research projects and overseas study preparations.

1/99 – 9/99        Associate Professor of Language, Communications & Cultural Studies at Hyundai Research Institute, Hyundai Group, S.Korea.

Lectured in and taught English language, communications and multiculturalism to middle and senior level management. Designed and implemented specialised courses in ESP including International Business Communications, Effective Presenting (public speaking), International Negotiation, Intercultural Communications, Effective Telephoning and Socializing.

7/92 – 7/97        Director of English Language Programmes at The Hyundai Institute for Human Resources Development, Hyundai Group, Kyunggido, S.Korea.

Was responsible for all aspects of English education at the Hyundai Group’s central human resources development institute in Korea. Implemented, directed and taught the intensive English language program for middle managers and engineers as well as several content-based courses. Was in charge of a team of 2-3 teachers and 25-30 students each term. Responsibilities included preparing managers and engineers professionally, linguistically, and culturally for overseas job assignments; developing curriculum materials for business, cultural, engineering, and other content-related areas according to specific trainee needs; assessing language proficiency; conducting writing courses; managing and training English instructors in ELT techniques and pedagogy. Co-wrote the annual Hyundai Group test (similar to TOEFL) which was administered to 3,000 employees each year. Wrote and compiled several course books. Designed and programmed several CALL programs including Jaguar and Widgets simulations.

4/90 – 7/92        EFL Instructor Young Deok Foreign Language Institute, Seoul, Korea

Designed and taught English language programs to company employees in Korea. Coordinated curricula design and implemented content-based and task-based programs for a variety of companies depending on specific needs of client. Assessed student performance and proficiency through written and oral tests.

1989 – 90          EFL Instructor Cleveland Adult Literacy Program, U.K. (evenings)

Spent four hours per week teaching English in the evening to non-native speakers. The work was voluntary.

1987 – 88          Senior Site Engineer Pohang Iron and Steel Company (POSCO), Korea

Acted as senior adviser during negotiations of a business contract between POSCO of Korea and The British Steel Company. Was required to supply, install and monitor computer software and to train Korean staff in its use. Also gave technical advice on operations, conducted plant trials and edited technical reports for local staff.

1985 – 90          Senior Research Officer British Steel plc., U.K.

Conducted research at the company’s central research facility. Was responsible for all aspects of the research process including conceptualization and design of experiments, implementation of laboratory and plant trials, collection & statistical analysis of data, and report writing. The work required a high degree of computer programming literacy. Lectured in various fields to visitors from foreign companies. Won the Cleveland county annual award for presentations.