Dr Mike Freeman set up and managed three different language centres, worked as a consultant for the British Overseas Aid Programme, and trained language teachers in England, Algeria and Mali for over thirty years. This includes extensive experience of running in-company language programmes for companies such as Procter and Gamble.
Mike was Head of the Technical English Department at Chelsea College, then he went to Mali as Course Designer Teacher/Trainer and to Algeria as ESP Adviser for the British Council/ODA. His last teaching post was at Sussex University. After that he spent a year at the University of Luton as ADAPT Course Manager, before joining Portsmouth University as Research Associate. At Portsmouth he worked with Prof Jim Coleman on the residence abroad project and set up an MA module using video streaming and WebCT.
Mike did his MA in applied linguistics at Reading University and his PhD in language learning at the University of Surrey. His research interests include models of language learning, I.D. research, student motivation for language learning, student study habits, prediction of success and failure in language learning, language learning strategies, and self-assessment of proficiency levels (for details, please see his publications).
Mike's other interests include the teaching of languages for business and academic purposes. While at the University of Luton, Mike designed over 30 new courses on language and culture for businesses, and helped to set up a state-of-the-art language centre. Since 2000, Mike has been the managing director of Lingualearn Limited. During this time the company has grown rapidly and now provides high quality language services to many of the UK's largest and most prestigious companies.
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Mike is also an artist and some of his work may be found at: