Michael Brookes obtained a B.A. at the University of Exeter, a master¿s degree from Paris X and a doctorate at the Sorbonne in 1982.In 1988, he obtained a full lectureship with the mission of creating a language department from scratch at the University of Versailles. He was head of department from 1988 to 1996, when he left to join HEC on a full-time basis. During this time he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts, became a senior lecturer, and was a member of the University Senate. Also a member of the international relations committee, he successfully negotiated student and academic exchanges with Charleston in the US, as well as Nottingham, Sheffield and Exeter in the UK.In 1996 he moved to HEC and has now been a professor here for 14 years, 3 years as head of the languages department. He received the HEC prize for teaching excellence (voted by the students) in 2002. As for publications, he has written a dozen teaching manuals in the domain of English for Special Purposes, grammar and phonology and has given several papers in international conferences, including two concerning the MBA podcasting project in New York and HEC. His research interests include the use of new technologies in language teaching and he is currently working on the HEC English website. He is currently Chair of the CEMS Languages Committee (an association of 28 elite business schools worldwide), visiting professor at the Helsinki School of Economics (on-line writing course with HEC) and has been a University of Cambridge examiner for 27 years.