Looking Back - Moving Forward

Brian Page was an inspirational figure in language teaching and learning. Always a passionate believer in the independence and influence of language teachers, he was a co-founder of the Association for Language Learning and its first President.

The essays in this publication reflect both on Brian’s contribution to languages education in the UK during his lifetime and on how his ideas still resonate and inspire today. ‘Looking back – moving forward: the legacy of Brian Page’ contains contributions from Paddy Carpenter, Steven Fawkes, Bernardette Holmes, Lid King, Terry Lamb, Alan Moys, Harmer Parr and Ann Swarbrick, and is available to ALL members only.

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The legacy of Brian Page

Steven Fawkes, ALL Membership Officer and Linda Parker, ALL Director, Association for Language Learning LOOKING BACK – MOVING FORWARD   Brian Page was an inspirational figure in language teaching and learning. Always a passionate believer in the independence and influence of languages teachers, he was a co-founder of the Association for Language Learning and its […]

Brian’s big tiger story

Brian Page, first President of the Association for Language Learning LOOKING BACK – MOVING FORWARD Brian’s big tiger story[1]   The view that a communicative approach to language learning meant that you didn’t have to bother about the grammar was always wrong. What is certainly true, however, is that a communicative approach puts a different […]

Brian and the splendour of meanings that matter

Lid King, National Director of Languages LOOKING BACK – MOVING FORWARD: Brian and the splendour of meanings that matter   Most memories of Brian begin with a smile, for in all that he did and touched he retained a childlike enthusiasm, whether he applied this to castigate Ministers, in his ever so friendly way – […]

Some personal reminiscences of Brian Page

LOOKING BACK – MOVING FORWARD: Some personal reminiscences of Brian Page    Paddy Carpenter, formerly of the Central Bureau for Educational Visits & Exchanges, seconded to the European Commission The man from the North   I never got very close to Brian Page, although in a professional sense I knew him very well. Throughout the […]

Brian Page: his ongoing influence on national and European initiatives in languages

Steven Fawkes, ALL Membership Officer and Chair of Judges for the UK European Award for Languages LOOKING BACK – MOVING FORWARD: Brian Page: his ongoing influence on national and European initiatives in languages   Encouraging teachers and others to meet up to exchange ideas, share concerns and question orthodoxies is as important now as it […]

Reflections

Alan Moys, Mary Glasgow Trust, formerly Director of CILT LOOKING BACK – MOVING FORWARD Reflections For me it is a great privilege, as a personal friend, to preface this tribute to Brian, particularly as he was one of the great heroic figures in the continuing struggle to promote and to modernise the teaching of languages […]

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