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Brian Devlin is a writer who lives in Northern Australia. He enjoys spending time with family, traveling with his wife Nancy, reading widely, playing chess with his friend Christos, learning languages, talking with friends, eating great food, drinking Chinese green tea or Italian coffee or fine Australian wine, visiting the gym three times a week for short weight training sessions, and joining in with others who want to make this a better world. During his student days he worked as a firefighter, candlemaker, Russian translator, and completely unsuccessful encyclopedia salesman, while supplementing his meagre income playing snooker and pool. After graduation he travelled widely in the Asia-Pacific region, obtained a teaching qualification in Canberra, and worked as a high school teacher in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea for five years, before taking up a role as teacher-linguist in the Northern Territory. Time passed; a lot of time. Before he knew it, he had amassed 35 years experience as an applied linguist, sociolinguist, educator, writer and researcher—in roles that have included evaluator of international projects, UNESCO consultant, school principal, Principal Education Officer (Bilingual), Dean of Education, Associate Professor, High School Council Chair, member of ACER’s Council and Board, Chair of the NT Education Advisory Council, and leader of several research groups and centres. He has accepted roles as Foreign Expert and Visiting Professor in Beijing and Cologne. However, all of this is merely by the by. It is not the purpose of this blog to publish mostly aspirational, professional, career-enhancing stuff for colleagues and students. Rather, it has been designed as a place to share ideas and stories with a wider audience of interested readers.


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