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a listening activity
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Words as art
Between 1963 and 1986 we lived and worked in Thailand, Norway, the USA, Tanzania, Turkey, Egypt and Yugoslavia, teaching EFL. John joined the British Council in 1971. Muriel published several textbooks with Longman and a book on patchwork with Batsford. In 1980 we became involved in CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning) and put together a number of innovative pieces of software, including the first versions of a program later released as STORYBOARD, ECLIPSE, and (in an uncredited version) DEVELOPING TRAY. John wrote or co-wrote (with Tim Johns) three books on CALL and numerous articles.
In 1986 John left the British Council and taught in the School of Education of Bristol University, and from September 1993 to August 2000 taught the M Sc in CALL and TESOL at CELT (the Centre for English Language Teaching) in the University of Stirling. He has retired and we now play golf and table tennis, swim, sing, dabble in computer programming just enough to keep our CALL software running, and research our favourite authors. In 2005 we moved from Scotland to Shaftesbury in Dorset.
There is no such thing as a stupid question, though there may be such a thing as a stupid silence.
Tim Johns (1936 - 2009)