'Lessons learnt from others: a celebration of co-operative development.'
orchestrated by Mike Beaumont (Honorary Fellow, School of Education, University of Manchester, and Founding and Current Chair, NATESOL)
Friday, 20th November, 2009
Friends Meeting House
NATESOL was founded on 19th November 1984. As well as providing an opportunity for local teachers to attend talks, seminars and workshops by language teaching specialists, one of its principal aims was to encourage dialogue and co-operation between teachers in the region, attempting to build bridges across the sectors that so easily divide us. In recognition of the fact that NATESOL seems to have been doing this successfully for 25 years, and inspired by my own conviction that we have the most to learn from our closest professional colleagues, I would like to share with participants the main lessons I have learnt from colleagues in nearly 40 years of teaching. I will be inviting former chairs of NATESOL to contribute similar experiences, and also asking you to bring along your own stories of ‘lessons you have learnt from others’, so that together we can celebrate a culture of teacher development that is truly co-operative.
After teaching English in India, the UK and Iran, Mike Beaumont joined the School of Education at the University of Manchester in 1979, where for nearly 20 years he directed the MEd in TESOL, as well as teaching on undergraduate and initial teacher training programmes. During that time he also had the privilege of working on in-service programmes for language teachers in more than twenty different countries. Since retiring from the university in 2005, he has accepted appointments as Guest Professor in Language Teaching Methodology at the University of Vienna, and as visiting lecturer/supervisor on MA programmes at the universities of Lancaster, Salford and Liverpool. His main interest is in teacher education and development, within which language teaching methodology in general and the teaching of reading in particular are special concerns..