He was born in 1978 in St Albans, Hertfordshire, where he was educated in primary, attending Fleetville Nursery, Infants, and Junior Schools and then secondary, Verulam School, respectively. He is fortunate to be multi-lingual: besides English, he is fluent in Bangla and intermediate in Arabic.
His father came to England in 1958 from Bangladesh, moving to St Albans, where he spent most of his working life in factories. His mother was traditionally at home, playing an immense role in bringing up the family.
He entered the field of education in 2003, following his childhood dream of becoming a teacher. After graduating in 2002, with a BSc in Management Studies from Brunel University, he pursued a PGCE in Secondary, Business Studies, but then moved to primary education – his love for English was a key motivator – he later gained UK Qualified Teacher Status. He is currently working as a university lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, London, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including Academic English and Research Methods and Ethics.
He has an MA in TESOL from UCL IOE and a PhD in Education (language), from the University of Exeter, which was supervised by an expert in writing, Professor Debra Myhill. The title of the study was: Grammatical Choice and the Verb: children’s and teachers’ metalinguistic understanding of verb, tense, aspect, modality and voice. He found that children held a number of common misconceptions about grammar, e.g. verbs are ‘doing words’; some teacher resources were confusing and even misleading. He suggested that there needs to be a government-led push toward supporting in-service teachers’ subject knowledge.
In the future, using his specialist knowledge for English Language, he is keen on using and sharing research for improving outcomes in students’ language skills at primary, secondary and HE. And of course, he would be more than happy to collaborate; so feel free to get in touch.