Friday, 28 February 2014

The British Council launched its global publication, ‘Innovations in pre-service education and training for English language teachers’, edited by Julian Edge and Steve Mann in India. 

The book was launched by Ms. Pooja Kulkarni, IAS, State Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Tamil Nadu at the British Council in Chennai today, with a talk on "Innovations in PRESETT" by Julian Edge, Volunteer Counsellor with Age Concern Manchester, on what trainee teachers do and why such processes as Copying, Applying, Theorising, Reflecting and Acting are important in teaching. 

This book is part of British Council’s ‘Innovations in pre-service education and training for English Language Teachers’ series. The series aims to bring to the reader a range of ideas and practices in English language teaching (ELT), and to stimulate new thinking and experimentation, by providing accounts of innovative experiences from a range of international contexts.

This publication and talk was attended by people involved in planning and providing education and training for teachers of English before they take up their positions in educational institutions. The book brings together 14 papers revealing a wealth of innovative, practical experiences and ideas from differing contexts across the world.

The book launch and talks happened in the following cities: 

Julian Edge visited Chennai (25 February), Bangalore (26 February) and Pune (28 February). 

Steve Mann delivered talks in Delhi (24 February), Kolkata (26 February) and Chandigarh (28 February).

The focus of this volume is on PRESETT of English language teachers. In terms of research conducted, articles written, and the circulation of new ideas, PRESETT tends to be a neglected area within the wider field of ELT. 

The book can be accessed online  

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Notes to Editor

About the editors

Steve Mann (Associate Professor) joined the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick in September 2007. He is Director of MA ELT programmes. He previously lectured at both Aston University and University of Birmingham. He has experience in Hong Kong, Japan and Europe in both English language teaching and teacher development. His most recent book The Coursebook and Beyond (2011) is a handbook for novice teachers guiding them in selecting, adapting and supplementing course books. Steve supervises a research group of PhD students who are investigating teachers’ education and development. The group’s work considers aspects of teacher development, teacher beliefs and the development of knowledge, the first year of teaching, mentoring, blended learning, and the use of technology in teacher development.

Julian Edge has been involved in TESOL and teacher education since 1969. After initially living and working in Germany, Egypt, Singapore and Turkey, he has held a number of university posts in Britain, from which he has travelled and taught widely. His research and publication interests have been increasingly committed to issues of continuing personal and professional development, along with a growing engagement with the sociopolitical implications of the spread of English. At the time of publication, he is retraining as a counsellor/therapist and working as a volunteer counsellor with Age Concern Manchester.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We work in over 100 countries worldwide to build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people. We work in the arts, education, science, sport and governance and last year we reached over 128 million people. 

The British Council is recognised across India for its network of 9 libraries and cultural centres. We offer a range of specialised projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.