I am a lecturer in Teacher Education and International Development, supporting the development of teachers and schools since 2009 when I joined the OU. I have also extensively explored the potential of digital technologies as tools for professional development and pedagogic practice, in both developed and developing economy contexts. Prior to working for the Open University, my professional roots in English Language teaching covered more than ten years in secondary, tertiary and adult learning sectors in France, Malaysia and the Middle East including refugee education.
Between 2009 - 2014 I worked on the DfID–funded English in Action project in Bangladesh to develop the quality of English language teaching in thousands of primary and secondary schools throughout Bangladesh, particularly in rural and underprivileged communities. I was instrumental in the conceptualisation, development and delivery of the Mediated Authentic Video approach, delivering sets of authentic teacher development videos demonstrating communicative language teaching practices, and also videos showing participatory professional development activities aimed at supporting facilitators. I worked extensively on capacity building for the project's team of trainers/ teacher development coordinators and for many hundreds of school-based local teacher facilitators.
I was recently Project Lead in Peru developing a new English curriculum for pre-service teachers and was academic lead on the Language in the Parks project in Antioquia, Colombia which further developed the MAV concept. In 2018 I have been involved in writing a MOOC for teacher educators in Africa. As part of the TESSA programme team I have worked in various countries in Africa, most recently Zambia, where I am part of the ZEST project team, funded by ScotDev, focusing on creating and implementing a scalable, school-based teacher development programme.
My research interest is in pedagogy and practice relating to in-service and pre-service teacher development and how video and peer support can enable and support this at scale, in international development contexts.
Initial teacher education
Continuing professional development for teachers
Use of appropriate technology for teaching and learning
In the ZEST project we are working in partnership with World Vision and the Zambian government. In the Peru project, I worked closely with the Ministry of Education (MINEDU) in both in-service and pre-service divisions. In the Antioquia project, I was in partnership with the British Council, Cambridge English and Antioquia government departments and in my work on the TESSA programme I collaborate with colleagues in Africa.
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