After teaching English as a foreign language, then modern languages (French and Spanish) at secondary school level, Simon has, since 2003, worked as an applied linguist and teacher educator at King’s College London, where he is Programme Director of the PGCE. His research follows two connected strands: he investigates the affective-emotional dimension of language learning i.e. the role of language(s) in our lives, whether in school settings or in broader auto/biographical projects, and also researches the history of language teaching and learning, in particular French in England. He is currently working on projects related to this with the University of Nottingham (AHRC) and the Sorbonne Nouvelle (CollEx-Persée). The overarching aim of his work is to broaden people’s conception of what learning a language can mean, as well of course as to promote enjoyment of language learning.