Biography: i graduated in 1973 from Somerville College, Oxford, with a First in Modern Languages and no idea what to do with it. In 1981, my flatmate suggested I should teach a German evening class to earn some money. After my first class, I knew this was what I wanted to do - and I am still doing it. I teach French at Oaklands College, St Albans (from Beginners to A level) and the 3rd level German course Variationen at the Open University in London, where I am also assistant staff tutor for Languages. I have recently coordinated 2 action research projects on Using the target langauge in language teaching and Differentiation in language teaching.