about Catchwords

Simon Joseph is a freelance writer, language trainer and editor. He is a native English speaker with a good command of the Dutch language.

49463c1cd4-headshotHis (copy)writing and editing work includes joint authorship on New Interface 3 (English language textbooks for the Dutch national VMBO / HAVO / VWO curriculum) at ThiemeMeulenhoff (also includes creating web-based learning exercises and exams); and developing new material for NU Engels (a new method for MBO ‘workplace’ English) at Noordhoff.

Other writing and editing work involved weekly updates and a quarterly newsletter for the Nyenrode New Business School newsroom; developing new material for MBO ‘workplace’ English courses at NCvB; the FringeReview website (FringeReview prides itself on attempting to review the theatre as we see it – as writing, as performance, as staging, as design and production); and The Sentinel (Amsterdam), which has grown into one of the more eagerly anticipated and best-read online English-language publications originating from Amsterdam. See On the Volley: issues #5-14 to #6-12.

His work in education includes English language training at the Free University of Amsterdam (VU), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), where he currently teaches Scientific Writing, Academic Writing, and English for Academic Purposes. He also taught previously at the University of Utrecht.

Simon also currently teaches MBO students in ‘workplace’ English at NCvB. Clients include: the Ministerie van Veiligheid & Justitie, Blokker, Rabobank, Hema, V&D, La Place, Van der Valk, Zeeman, and ICOVA.

Simon Joseph is also a winner of the Arts Council England ‘Free Read’ competition.

He has completed an MA in Creative & Critical Writing at the University of Sussex and a Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of Cambridge (ESOL examinations).

The MA in Creative and Critical Writing is developed out of longstanding teaching and research interests in creative writing as well as in psychoanalysis, Marxism, cultural materialism, and deconstruction.

This MA is based on the assumption that theory and practice are not opposites, though the relations between them may entail productive tensions and paradoxes.

Current service related certificates:

VAR-WUO (Verklaring arbeidsrelatie – winst uit onderneming)
VOG (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag)
CRKBO (Centraal Register Kort Beroeps Onderwijs)
NRTO (Nederlandse Raad voor Training en Opleiding)