I’m a linguist, perennial language learner and educational software developer / digital educator based in Edinburgh. My core work involves the creation of interactive activities to help students of all ages learn through fun – mainly Modern Foreign Languages, but I’ve created material for many other subjects, including Maths, English and History. I work primarily with Haxe for HTML5, Swift / XCode and Java / Android Studio.
My many published language apps for iOS and Android include many of the highly successful Linguascope apps, as well as a wide range of other tools for learners. I’ve also developed radio player apps, bespoke events management apps and more.
I’m the lead content developer with Linguascope.com, the UK’s best-known site for language learning and teaching in schools, and have over 15 years of experience developing interactive, dynamic content for learners and educators, as well as training others to do the same.
I graduated from Oxford University in 1999 in Modern Languages (German and Spanish). As part of my degree, I spent a year living in Klagenfurt and Salzburg in Austria. My passion for languages continues today, and I continue to learn and practise foreign languages in my spare time. I’m particularly enthused by the recent emergence of a polyglot / language-hacking community online. Always ready for a new linguistic challenge, my current projects include Icelandic, Norwegian and Polish, as well as maintaining my German, Spanish and Russian.
I am a huge advocate of lifelong learning and personal development; in 2014, I was awarded my second undergraduate degree, a BSc in Social Sciences with Psychological Studies and Sociology with First-Class Honours from the Open University. Returning to formal studies as an adult has given me completely new perspectives on learning processes, which have, in turn, informed and improved my work in resource development and training.
I was born with a cleft lip, but was lucky enough to be born in a country where repair of cleft lips and palates is routine. Having that chance isn’t a certainty for many children, however, which is why I support Smile Train. This charity funds surgical teams in some of the poorest areas of the world, offering the life-changing reparative surgery to children who would otherwise have to grow up with an unrepaired cleft. If you’re looking for a new international cause to support, Smile Train is a very worthy option!
I’m also a keen musician, and cannot be kept away from any piano in the vicinity! As a lad, I was trained to Grade 8 by the brilliant Gwendolyne Johnson, and music remains a very important part of my life.