Nick has been lecturing at CCCU since 2002 in the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics. He currently does most of his teaching on General English, the Algerian PHD Pre-sessional Progamme, and the English Language and Communication undergraduate programme (Business and International Business Communications modules).
Prior to joining Canterbury Christchurch he worked abroad teaching English as a Foreign Language in Slovakia, Spain, and the Czech Republic. He started his working life in the U.K. as a computer programmer and in I.T. related sales.
His main areas of academic interest are concerned with language learning and memory, critical incident analysis, and the effect of experience on teachers and their teaching.
Teaching and subject expertise
Nick teaches on a variety of programmes in the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics although it is probably true that his main area of teaching experise is still in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). In the coming academic year he is teaching a module called TEFL1 on our English Language and Communication undergraduate programme where (mostly British) undergraduate students will be introduced to some of the main theories and concepts related to teaching English to learners for whom English is a foreign language.
Last year he moved into a subject area which was quite new to him - Business Communication - as a lecturer and Module Leader, and this year he is teaching again (for the third year running) on a PHD pre-sessional programme designed specifically for students funded by the Ministry of Education in Algeria. This programme rquires an interesting mix of input including English language skills and concepts related to research and studying a PHD.
In the current academic year Nick will also be involved in teacher training, mostly with a cohort of students from the University of Uppsala in Sweden.