Mat Wright

Monday 09 March 2015 - 00:00
Carlton House Terrace, London


In 2014 and early 2015, the British Council carried out two pieces of preliminary research into English language teaching and learning in Iraq to better understand the current situation in the state primary and secondary sector in Iraq and the state university sector in Kurdistan. 

This event will enable UK stakeholders to learn more about the context for English language teaching and learning in Iraq and the current issues, and to explore potential partnerships and opportunities for collaboration. 

Keynote speakers

Alistair Fortune MBE

Alistair Fortune is a hugely experienced consultant, trainer and project manager with extensive qualifications and a sustained record of achievement in the field of English language education particularly in teacher training and testing.  After working for three years for VSO in China as a lecturer and teacher trainer in the early 1990s, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in English Language Teaching at Sofia University in Bulgaria, and then as Methodology Advisor for Pre-Service Teacher Training in the University of Novi Sad in Yugoslavia. Between 1999 and 2009, Alistair worked as a Project Manager for the British Council’s Peacekeeping English Project (PEP), firstly in Estonia and then in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Since 2009 he has worked as a consultant for McIlwraith Education. http://www.mcilwraith.org/the-team/

Simon Borg

Simon Borg has been involved in ELT for over 25 years working as a teacher, teacher educator, lecturer, examiner, researcher and consultant in a range of international contexts. After 15 years in the School of Education at the University of Leeds, where he was a Professor of TESOL, Simon now works full-time as an ELT consultant. He specialises in teacher education and development (including monitoring and evaluation), teacher research, and research methods training. He is recognised internationally as a leading scholar in the study of language teachers and has published extensively. He is also an editorial board member for leading language education journals. http://simon-borg.co.uk/



Who should attend?

Any UK stakeholder with an interest and /or experience of working in Iraq.


For any further information, and if you would like to share your experience of working in Iraq at the event. please contact seamus.harkin@britishcouncil.org by Thursday 26 February.

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