Steven lives in Durham where he began teaching French (and the German) in 1977.
In 1990 he was founder Secretary of the NE Branch of ALL (Association for Language Learning) and he continues to volunteer for ALL to this day.
Steven moved to London to work as Education Officer for Schools (Languages) at the BBC; this work involved the development of TV, radio, print and Internet resources for Languages in Schools as well as evaluation and training work with teachers. Here he was involved in award-winning projects such as Tobu - KS3 Japanese online, the creation of GCSE Bitesize and Something Special.
He has twice been President of ALL, and is now an invited Trustee; in 2013 he was elected as a Fellow of the Association.
Steven edits, and writes regularly for, Languages Today magazine and ALL online publications; he has written also extensively in the past for Language learners and teachers, and others.
In 2014-15 Steven project managed the creation of the ALL Literature wiki, which features poems, songs and other authentic texts http://ALL-Literature.wikidot.com .
He likes to work with partners, and collaborated recently with British Council on Express Yourself in Lockdown and International Newcastle on the Express Yourself: Festival of Languages in the North-East.
In 2021 he was named Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques.