Roger Gower

Roger Gower

Since I have been in ELT (more years than I care to remember) I have worked as a teacher and teacher-trainer in, amongst other places, Italy, Mexico, India, the UK, Iceland, Japan and Portugal, and been lucky enough to have given conference presentations in many other countries.

For Macmillan I wrote Teaching Practice (with Diane Phillips and Steve Walters ), first published in 1983 and then rewritten in 1995 - a book aimed at teachers on pre-service training courses. For many years I campaigned against the neglect of literature in the ELT classroom. While the situation is better now than it was in the 1970s, when literature was more or less outlawed in many Western European classrooms, in my view there is still a long way to go and much we can learn from the language teaching traditions of Eastern Europe.

I have also worked in ELT management as Director of International House, London, Principal of the Bell Language School, Cambridge, and Operations Director for the Bell Educational Trust .

At present I'm writing some new books, editing the Reviews section of the magazine Modern English Teacher, as well as working as a British Council inspector - a varied but somewhat exhausting life sometimes!

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