Steven Fawkes began teaching Languages in North-East England in 1977.
His thirteen years in a Comprehensive School in Durham City were followed by three years as a Curriculum Support Teacher in the County, supporting curriculum development for Languages across mainstream and special provision during the implementation of the first UK National Curriculum. At the same time he was founder Secretary of the NE Branch of Association for Language Learning (ALL) – he continues to volunteer for ALL to this day.
Professionally Steven then moved to London to work as Education Officer for Schools (Languages) at the BBC; this work involved the development of TV, radio, print and Internet resources for Languages in Schools as well as evaluation and training work with teachers. Here he was involved in award-winning projects such as Tobu – KS3 Japanese online, GCSE Bitesize and Something Special and worked closely with the cultural agencies. Later Steven also took the lead on resources for Special Education, and finally moved to managing the overview of Policy in the whole Schools area.
Subsequently he worked in Initial Teacher Education and Professional Development of Languages teachers. He has twice been President of ALL, and he is now a Trustee and Membership Officer; in 2013 he was elected as a Fellow of the Association. Steven writes regularly for ALL’s Languages Today magazine and other ALL online publications; he has written also extensively in the past for CiLT, BBC and TES as well as authoring books for Language learners and teachers, and others.
In 2014-15 Steven project managed the creation of the ALL Literature wiki http://ALL-Literature.wikidot.com which he continues to maintain and edit.
He is currently freelance, working in CPD, and teacher training and education on behalf of various providers, and volunteering in various roles.