English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 31.2
Volume 31 No 2 90 English Australia Journal Q8 Q9 of ELT communities in these countries. One group are those with little training and who work in private institutes, using my textbooks in many cases. These are typically young people who see their ability to speak English as a resource that can help them develop a career. Many would have an intermediate-level command of English. They recognize their limitations, and in many cases are keen to develop themselves professionally. This is the work force that is responsible for teaching millions of learners worldwide. Another smaller group are those who work at universities and other kinds of institutions, who have TESOL qualifications and may be keen to go further with their academic studies. In Australia and New Zealand we have a different demographic and there is a greater number of teachers with higher-level qualifications. Conferences of ELT professionals often have a more academic focus, since there are so many universities producing teacher-researchers with a solid grounding in research and current issues. There is less need for the kind of basic-level support that is still the focus of many professional events I participate in elsewhere. 8. Are you still involved in teaching? Yes, I am one of those fortunate people who can choose how much teaching I want to do and where. This year for example I will be teaching graduate courses in Singapore and the Philippines as well as speaking at conferences and workshops in the UK, Qatar, Oman, Iran, Hong Kong, Thailand and elsewhere. I enjoy these opportunities since I meet fascinating people from many different backgrounds who all share a concern to improve standards of teaching and learning in the places where they live and work. 9. Are you working on any special projects at the moment? What’s next for you? Cambridge have just published my latest book – Key Issues in Language Teaching – an 800+-page overview of the field as I see it. I have two other projects with Cambridge to appear in 2017. One is a substantially revised version of my book Curriculum Development in Language Teaching, and the other is The Cambridge Guide to Learning Second Languages, which Anne Burns and I have edited. I am currently planning a book on pre- service TESOL teacher education. I have also recently recorded a series of video talks that will be available throughout 2016 on the Cambridge English Teacher site.
English Australia Journal 31.1
English Australia Journal 32.1