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Inspector Gadget


ELTons award winner professor Stephen Bax reveals all about his career and his passion for innovation

- Before becoming a university professor at the Open University, you had some interesting and varied experiences as a Tefl teacher. Tell us about your career to date.

I started in Tefl in 1981 when I saw an advert for teachers in Sudan saying: ‘Teachers wanted, no experience necessary.’ So from 1981 to 1983 I taught English in a girls’ school in Argo in north Sudan with classes of up to 120, and I loved every minute of it, including learning Arabic.

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Mastering the art of motivation


International programmes keep academics in touch with ‘realities on the ground’, Dr Martin Lamb, senior lecturer at Leeds University, tells EL Gazette

Tell us a little about your early career, your VSO experiences and what led you finally to Leeds University.

After a disastrous early foray into the business world, I did a PGCE in history. But then I thought I’d put some distance between me and my future school pupils by teaching English abroad for a while. I didn’t return for seventeen years!

First I was in Sweden, then I joined VSO and was sent to Indonesia for a couple of years and stayed on for four more with the British Council. I did a masters degree at Lancaster in 1990–91, then spent five years in Bulgaria, again with the BC, before a further three years working on a big ADB-funded language centre development project in Sumatra.

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Under African skies


‘Leave your assumptions behind’ – a maxim that should be engraved on every classroom door. But it is even more important in sub-Saharan Africa. Teacher and author Jason Anderson talks about the challenges of teaching in the region

Remember last year’s ELTons winner Teaching English in Africa? Its author Jason Anderson tells the Gazette about his experiences.

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The hitchhiker’s guide to the (Tefl) galaxy


Dodging bullets in a civil war was one of the scarier moments in a long and intrepid career, veteran Peter Harris tells Claudia Civinini

Are you embarking on a Tefl adventure? You may not need to bring a towel, but sound qualifications, open-mindedness and a sense of humour are essential, says EFL industry veteran Peter Harris, who has spent forty years in the game.

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‘We help people overcome trauma by developing a sense of control over their lives’


By Claudia Civinini

The Pacific Immigrant Resource Society, a non-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping refugees in British Columbia, Canada, has recently piloted a programme for refugee women.
We spoke to the programme director, Dr Amea Wilbur, who has investigated how to make government funded language programmes more inclusive to people who have survived extremely difficult events.

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