© QuiTE  2006
20th November

Standards and Values: Tensions in TESOL Education

held at
Conference Centre Harley Room 89 Albert Embankment London

Chris Brumfit
Standards and Values: Tensions in TESOL Education


The talk examined tensions between the need for responsibility in teacher education (which includes a willingness to be accountable), with the need for professional expertise (which includes a sense of being trusted).
Issues of trust were related to some features of the British scene (quality assurance, RAE, funding pressures, etc) and to some features of the changing international scene (e-learning, marketing and competition, power relations, etc). Reference was made to some philosophical discussions of trust, accountability and professionalism.
Norman Whitney
Quality and Commerce in ELT materials: one writer’s experiences


Speaking principally as a writer of courses for secondary schools, Norman described how he understands the nature and role of materials. He then identified some of the demands which, in his experience, are often made by various stakeholders in the materials writing process. He gave examples of how such demands can conflict with, compromise, consolidate, or confirm a writer’s view of what ‘quality’ materials should contain. Finally, Norman concluded with some personal observations about possible relationships between, on the one hand, QuiTE (plus other lesser teacher trainers /educators!), and, on the other hand, the materials that meet the twin demands of quality, and commercial success.

Norman Whitney studied in the UK and the USA . His teaching career included the posts of Head of EFL at Ealing College of Higher Education in London; editor of the English Language Teaching Journal (published by Oxford University Press); and Joint Chief Inspector of The British Council's scheme for accrediting EFL schools in the UK.

His most recent publications are Dream Team, a global course for secondary schools; English Champions, for Italian secondary schools; Team up! for Greek frontisteria, and Passport to Work, a conversation course for Japanese speakers, all published by OUP. With other writers and colleagues, Norman is currently researching how the internet could be used to help teenage learners of English, and their teachers and parents.

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