I joined the Open University in 2010 as a member of the university’s international teacher education team. Since then, I have been working full-time in Bangladesh on the DfID–funded English in Action project. This large-scale project makes innovative use of mobile technologies as part of a blended open and distance programme to develop quality of English language teaching in thousands of primary an secondary schools throughout Bangladesh, particularly in rural and underprivileged communities. During my time in Bangladesh I have worked extensively on capacity building for the projects’ team of notational trainers/ teacher development coordinators and for the network of over a thousand school-based local teacher facilitators.
I have had an equally close involvement in developing content for English in Action’s core learning materials: these include sets of authentic teacher development videos demonstrating communicative language teaching practices, and also videos showing participatory professional development activities aimed to support facilitators. For the project’s final and largest-scale phase, as Head of the Primary sector intervention, I have also led on producing a full range of printed self-access support materials targeting the various key stakeholder groups: teachers, head teachers and teacher facilitators.
In this current role I travel extensively around Bangladesh: providing professional support and research/monitoring inputs in schools and to professional development events at local, regional and national levels. I contribute to the projects’ Dhaka-based progrmame management team, providing input to strategy development and to advocacy with stakeholders, especially with regard to the projects’ on-going institutionalisation and sustainability strategy.
I have represented the Open University with presentations on English in Action at international conferences in Bangladesh, Czech Republic, India, Nepal, the UK and also at UNESCO mobile-learning week in 2014.
Prior to working for the Open University I had spent more than 20 years in the field of international teacher education in project management, strategic and practitioner roles. I worked long-term on national education reform projects with education ministries in the Czech Republic and Afghanistan as well as several short-term engagements in China, Egypt, Iraq, Indonesia, Syria and Venezuela. My original professional roots in English language teaching covered almost ten years in secondary, tertiary and adult learning sectors in Japan, Lithuania and the UK.
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