Alan Waters is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, England. He has taught EFL in Sierra Leone, Kuwait, and the UK and trained teachers in Thailand, the UK, Hong Kong, and several other parts of the world. He has published a number of books and articles on a range of ELT topics. His main research interests are language-teaching methodology, teacher learning, and curriculum innovation
The island of Methodologia lies at the heart of the ELT world. It is here that classroom teaching skills are devised, tested, and popularized. However, many ELT practitioners are familiar only with the parts of the island where they grew up, even though there is much to be gained from an appreciation of the culture and history of Methodologia as a whole. In this way, for example, it is possible to reach a better understanding of the factors behind the development of the teaching traditions associated with one's own region. Such knowledge can also contribute to greater awareness of how these techniques might be integrated with different traditions from other parts of the island. This article therefore provides a brief introduction to some of the chief characteristics of present-day Methodologia, by first of all saying a little about its overall features and then each of its main cities and regions. It also hints at possible future developments.
‘To see a World in a Grain of Sand …’ Blake: Auguries of Innocence
‘Be not afeared. The isle is full of noises …’ Shakespeare: The Tempest