Researcher development (Part 2)

The issue of how research skills are developed before one finishes a postgraduate degree, and how doctoral students acquire practical knowledge of doing research, may also pose philosophical speculations about how knowledge is achieved. Even recognizing the oversimplification, it could be said that such understanding comes from two different traditions: the one that sees knowledge … More Researcher development (Part 2)

On trial and error

St Andrews is a very special place indeed for a number of quite obvious reasons and I was lucky to be able to come back this year to present at the annual EAP Conference that takes place at the University of St Andrews. A well-deserved word of praise is due here to Kerry Tavakoli for … More On trial and error

The old gods and the new

Sometimes when characters in Game of Thrones feel the need to have their words backed-up by a higher authority than themselves, they swear ‘by the old gods and the new.’ Invoking someone with superior knowledge to attest for the veracity of what you are saying does not only happen when you call for a god; … More The old gods and the new

ELTons 2015

Receiving the 2015 British Council Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing for the EAP Shakespeare materials I developed for the University of Leicester was something very special indeed. I started developing these materials two years ago and, through an ongoing process of designing, piloting, and editing over this period of time, I saw … More ELTons 2015