International Education Association of Australia Excellence Award for Prof Anne Burns

In collaboration with English Australia, the peak body and professional association for the Australian English language sector, and the UK-based Cambridge English Language Assessment (formerly Cambridge ESOL), CLERA Director Professor Anne Burns has won a prestigious International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Award for Best Practice/Innovation in International Education. The Action Research in English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Programme, which was developed by English Australia with Professor Burns offers ELICOS teachers around Australia the opportunity to learn the skills needed to investigate their own teaching practices systematically, thereby encouraging and supporting classroom-based research that will lead to higher levels of professional practice, a key strategic goal of English Australia.

With Aston colleague, Dr Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton, Professor Burns has been developing a similar programme for modern foreign language teachers in UK secondary schools through the former Networks for Languages Programme and a British Academy Small Grant.

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