Staff Profile

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Mr Mark Almond

Senior Lecturer

School: Centre for Language and Linguistics

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 922308

Profile summary

MA TESOL (Kent), DELTA, CELTA and LCCI Advanced Language Certificate (French and German)

Mark is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Language and Linguistics, where he convenes modules and teaches on the BA in English Language, the MA in TESOL as well as short courses for pre- and in-service teachers. He is Programme Director for the dissertation stage of the MA TESOL. At undergraduate level, he specialises in Sociolinguistics and Public and Interpersonal Communication and at post graduate level, in approaches and methodologies in English language teaching. He has taught, trained language teachers and carried out consultancies in several countries including Argentina, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Bangladesh, China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Bahrain, Sweden and Switzerland. His main areas of interest are in the use of drama and theatre in language teaching and performance-related skills for effective and affective teaching to maximise socio-psychological harmony and success in the classroom. He has published widely in these and other areas and is often invited to speak at conferences around the world on his areas of expertise. His books Teaching English with Drama (2005) and Putting the Human Centre Stage - practical theatre techniques to develop teacher presence, rapport and a positive classroom community (2019) were both published by Pavilion. 

Research and knowledge exchange

Globe/TransformELT (2021), invited mentor for the Drama in ELT Professional Learning Community (online)

Scuola Germanica di Milano, Milan, Italy (2009 to 2019), in-service teacher development consultancy

British Council, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2013 to 2015), consultant: Transforming English Language Skills in the Higher Education Sector in Bangladesh

British Council, Seoul, South Korea (2015), talk/workshop: The Teacher’s Voice

Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka, Japan (2015), talk/workshop: Classroom Cultures/Classroom Communities

The London School, Vicenza, Italy (2014), series of drama/theatre workshops for English language learning in Secondary education

Ministry of Education, Bolzano, Italy (2012 and 2014), series of drama/theatre workshops for in-service Primary and Secondary teachers

Pilgrims Teacher Training, Tramelan, Switzerland (2012), series of drama/theatre workshops for in-service Secondary teachers

University of Kerala, India (2007 to 2011), project on the provision of English language teaching in South India leading to a chapter in Towards a Student-centred Pedagogy in English Language Teaching

Collegio San Carlo, Milan, Italy (2010), series of talks/workshops on drama/theatre in English language teaching for in-service Secondary teachers

Pilgrims Teacher Training, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (2010), series of presentations on drama/theatre in English language teaching for in-service Secondary teachers

Cervantes Institute, Alcala de Henares, Spain (2007), in-service teacher training on drama/theatre in foreign language teaching

Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong (2003), six-month secondment to design and deliver drama/theatre modules on teacher education programmes at under- and post-graduate levels

Education Bureau (EDB), Hong Kong (2003), short courses for in-service Primary and Secondary teachers on drama/theatre in language education

Teaching and subject expertise

Reviewer for System, a refereed journal in Applied Linguistics and Educational Technology, Elsevier (2014 to present)

External examiner (BA English and TESOL), Coventry University (2022 -    )

External examiner (BA English, EAP, TEFL), University of Worcester (2022 -   )

External examiner (MA TESOL), University of Essex (2016 - 2019)

External examiner (PhD), University of Essex (2009 and 2017)

CELTA assessor for Cambridge English, University of Cambridge (2008 - present)

Item writer and examiner for Cambridge English (Certificate in Communicative Skills), University of Cambridge (1999 - 2004)

External activities

Most recent conference papers

Invited plenary speaker:  Associação Portuguesa de Professores de Inglês conference, Braga, Portugal (2022)

Online talks: Theatre in Education: The Performers, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shakespeare and contemporary text for English language teaching (2020)

Invited plenary speaker: Putting the Human Centre Stage - theatre techniques to develop teacher presence, rapport and a positive classroom community, MexTESOL, Queretaro, Mexico (2019)

Invited plenary speaker: Teaching Poetry for Language Development, Theatre in Education Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2019)

Invited plenary speaker: The Drama Project, Federacion Argentina de Asociaciones de Profesores de Ingles Conference, Salta, Argentina (2019)

Invited plenary speaker: Making it (Inter)personal – theatre techniques to develop presence and interpersonal communication, International House, Como, Italy (2018)

 Invited plenary speaker: Developing Teacher Presence and Classroom Community, Theatre in Education: The Performers, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2018)

Invited plenary speaker: Doing Shakespeare - from page to stage, Drama in Foreign Language Education conference, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany (2018)

Invited plenary speaker: Developing Teacher Presence and Classroom Community, International House, Rome, Italy (2018)

Keynote: Classroom as Community, Associação Portuguesa de Professores de Inglês, Aveiro, Portugal (2018)

Invited plenary speaker: From Classroom Presence to Classroom as Community, Include and Educate Conference, Venice, Italy (2017)

Workshop: Improvisation in foreign language teaching - Stanislavski and Johnstone into the classroom, IATEFL Hungary, Budapest, Hungary (2017)

Keynote: Sociolinguistics, Social Psychology and Neuro Linguistic Programming in ELT, IATEFL Slovenia, Terme Topolšica, Slovenia (2017)

Plenary speaker: Nurturing Classroom Communities, Move Language Ahead conference, Barcelona, Spain (2016)

Plenary speaker: Drama Project in ELT, Conference for Humanism in Language Teaching, Ancona, Italy (2015)

Invited plenary speaker: The Art of Language Teaching – Teacher Identity and Performative Teaching, the International Conference of Performing Arts in Language Teaching, Rome, Italy (2014)

Invited plenary speaker: The Fun of Drama in ELT – Edutainment is not a Dirty Word, the Materials Development Association (MATSDA) Conference, University of Liverpool (2013)

Keynote: Art of Teaching English, IATEFL Young Learners SIG, Liverpool (2013)

Invited plenary speaker:  Engage and Activate - English through Drama with Young Learners, Conference for Humanism in Language Teaching, Ancona, Italy (2012)

Plenary speaker: Developing Teacher Presence in the English Language Classroom, At The Heart of Learning Conference, Bolzano, Italy (2012)

Plenary speaker: Towards Interpersonal and Socio-psychological Harmony in the Classroom, National Conference for English Language Teachers, Adana, Turkey (2011)

Plenary speaker: Who Do You Think You Are? Reflections on Teacher Identity, Conference for Humanism in Language Teaching, Ancona, Italy (2011)

Publications and research outputs

Books

Putting the Human Centre Stage: Theatre Techniques to Develop Teacher Presence, Rapport and a Positive Classroom Community, Pavilion Publishing (2019) ISBN: 9781912755288

Teaching English with Drama, Pavilion Publishing (2005) ISBN: 1904549128

Chapters

La Actuación en la Enseñanza de los Idiomas: el Arte del Actor Condensado par el Salón de Clases in Nuevas Perspectivas en la Didactica de las Lenguaculturas, SB Alma Italy (2011)

Affect and Performance Skills in the Language Classroom in Towards a Student-Centred Pedagogy in English Language Teaching, Christian College Kattakada, India (2010)

Bridging the Gap - Raising Cultural Awareness and Developing Communicative Skills through Drama on Immersion Programmes, Hong Kong Institute of Education (2001)

Articles

Is Language Teaching Performance Art? The Teacher Trainer, 27 (3). ISSN 09517-626. 3 (2013)

Teacher identity – Putting the Human Centre Stage: socio-psychological considerations in English language teaching, Humanising Language Teaching (2013)

Is the Bard Barred? Exploiting Shakespeare in Language Teaching, English Teaching Professional, 72. ISSN 1362-5276 (2010)

Creative Writing: Getting Students to Write Rap, English Teaching Professional, 60 ISSN 1362-5276 (2009)

Acting Skills for Language Teachers, IATEFL Voices, ISSN 1814-3830. 8 (2007)

The Funny Side of Phonology - a Physical Approach to Teaching Pronunciation, English Teaching Professional, 50 ISSN 1362-5276 (2007)

Developing Classroom Presence Through Acting Skills for Language Teachers, IATEFL Voices, Issue 198 (2007)

Let's Get Theatrical with our Students, The Teacher (Poland), 10 (42). pp. 36-39. ISSN 1644-2059 (2006)

Teachers Acting Up - from Stage Presence to Classroom Presence, English Teaching Professional, ISSN 1362-5276 (2006)

Teachers Acting Up – From Stage Presence to Classroom Presence, English Teaching Professional, Issue 45 (2006)

English Teaching Essentials: Drama, English Teaching Professional, Issue 35 (2004)

Curtain up on Drama - Putting on a Play with EFL Learners, English Teaching Professional, Issue 22. ISSN 1362-5276 (2002)

 

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