On February 28 and March 1, Westminster International University in Tashkent organized training for lecturers of Global English Department, Pre-University Studies and teachers of Lyceum under WIUT. WIUT is committed to creating an environment that enables continuing professional development. This is one of the planned events to upgrade teachers’ knowledge and skills in materials design.
The training focused on:
- aspects that make materials learning-centred
- design principles for developing learning-centred materials
- ways of incorporating acquisition opportunities in materials
- promoting autonomy in materials
The training sessions were facilitated by Rod Bolitho, one of the leading experts on teacher and teacher-trainer development and materials design. Rod is a freelance consultant. He was Academic Director at Norwich Institute for Language Education from 2007-2016 before that was Assistant Dean of International Education at the University College of St Mark & St John, Plymouth from 1989 to 2006.
In the course of his career Rod has worked as consultant to a number of overseas projects (in countries including Romania, India, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Croatia) mainly in the field of materials design, curriculum development and trainer training. He is currently actively engaged in a teacher education reform project in Uzbekistan, a vocational sector curriculum project in Romania and a British Council CPD initiative in India.
In the past few years he has been a regular contributor to international conferences in Malaysia, Turkey, Switzerland, Spain, India, Austria, Portugal, Colombia and Egypt. In addition to Discover English (with Brian Tomlinson) for Macmillan, he has co-authored several books most recently Trainer Development with Tony Wright. He is working on a CPD handbook for India and English Teaching Professional is currently carrying a series of four articles on 'Holistic Approaches to Grammar'. Rod's main professional interests are in Language Awareness, Materials Development and Professional Development. He is very wary of the impact of globalisation, and of corporate 'bigness', on education in general and ELT in particular.