After Alan Maley’s interview, and under the direction of our chief editor, Milena Tanasijevic, I interviewed 6 plenary speakers for the next ELTA Serbia conference that will take place next May in Belgrade. The speakers are : Beverly Ann Chin, Mike Shreeve, Linda Steyne, Fiona Dalziel, Alistair Starling and Matthew Fitzjohn.
Alan Maley’s career in English Language Teaching began with The British Council in 1962. After post-graduate training at the University of Leeds, he worked for the British Council in Yugoslavia, Ghana, Italy, France, PR China and India over a period of 26 years. After resigning from the Council in 1988, he became Director-General of the Bell Educational Trust in Cambridge (1988-93). He then took up the post of Senior Fellow in the Department of English, National University of Singapore, where he stayed for 5 years His last full-time post was as Dean and Professor of the Institute for English Language Education, Assumption University, Bangkok, where he set up new MA programmes. Since retiring from Assumption in 2004, he has occupied a number of visiting professorial posts at Leeds Metropolitan, Nottingham, Durham, Malaysia (UKM), Vietnam (OU-HCMC) and Germany (Universitat Augsburg).
He has published extensively and was series editor for the Oxford Resource Books for Teachers for over 20 years. He continues to write for publication. He also remains active as a speaker at national and international conferences.
He was a co-founder of The Extensive Reading Foundation, and of The C group: Creativity for Change in Language Education. He is a past-President of IATEFL, and was given the ELTons Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Last May, I was invited to speak at the 16th ELTA Serbia Conference as a representative of TESOL Macedonia Thrace and, of course, because of my bonds with Serbia (I am an editor there) I could not refuse. After all, Belgrade I love !
The report below describes what took place those 2 days.
This report was initially published in ELT TEaser’s Autumn issue (issue 67) by TESOL Macedonia Thrace. You can find it here ELTeaser AUTUM 2018 FINAL (1)
Daniel Xerri is a Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Malta. He is a member of IATEFL’s Conference Committee and of TESOL International Association’s Research Professional Council. Between 2015 and 2017, he was the Joint Coordinator of the IATEFL Research SIG. He holds postgraduate degrees in English and Applied Linguistics, as well as a PhD in Education from the University of York. He is the author of many publications on different areas of education and TESOL. His most recent books are The Image in English Language Teaching (2017, ELT Council), and Teacher Involvement in High-stakes Language Testing (2018, Springer). Further details about his talks and publications can be found at: www.danielxerri.com
Olja Milosevic has been involved in second and foreign language teaching at all levels in primary, secondary and tertiary education. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics and is primarily interested in second language acquisition and maintaining mother tongue. Olja is also interested in teacher training.