Professor Emeritus Richard Johnstone was for many years employed at the University of Stirling (Scotland) as Professor and Head of the Department (later, the Institute) of Education and was also Director of the Scottish-government-funded Scottish Centre for Information in Language Teaching & Research. His main specialisms are: ‘the early learning of additional languages’, ‘immersion, bilingual education and CLIL’, and ‘international, national and local policies for the learning and use of additional languages’. By the term ‘additional languages’ are intended not only so-called ‘foreign languages’ but also global languages (especially English), ‘community languages’ such as Chinese in Scotland, and ‘heritage languages’ such as Gaelic in Scotland and Ireland, and Breton in France. He has directed research projects on aspects of these themes not only in Scotland but also in a range of countries in Europe and East Asia. He is the author of several publications, including each year from 1991 to 2009 the annual review of international research on languages teaching, learning and policies published by Language Teaching (CUP), and more recently with Dr. Elena Gómez-Parra has co-edited two publications on BE&CLIL that include contributions from a large number of researchers in Spain. He has been a plenary speaker at international conferences in a wide range of countries, particularly in Europe and Asia. His main languages are English, Scots, German and French. Other ‘languages’ of which he is a keen learner are Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and the language of the classical guitar, especially the more accessible (to learners) compositions of the great Fernando Sor and Francesco Tarrega.