- Lecturer in English Language, VU University Amsterdam
Although my qualifications were in continental languages, I was granted a tenured position in English in the Faculty of Arts, now the Faculty of Humanities of VU Amsterdam, one of Amsterdam's two universities. I built up enormous experience in teaching both advanced practical skills, oral and written, and linguistics and its application to varieties of English. I also established myself as a researcher in Functional Grammar, an approach to language developed in the Netherlands. In the academic year 1983-84 I was a fellow at NIAS, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies.