Peter Grundy taught in schools in Britain and Germany for five years and worked in higher education as a teacher trainer for six years before taking up a post at the University of Durham in 1979. Apart from a two-year period at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he taught pragmatics and applied linguistics at Durham until 2002, when he took early retirement.

Despite 'retiring', he now works in the English Language Centre at Northumbria University (0.5) and on the Leicester TESOL doctorate programme in Hong Kong (0.2). He is President of IATEFL, 2003-5, and author of several books and articles on ELT including Newspapers and Beginners, both in the Resource Books for Teachers series published Oxford University Press.