As Director of Anglo-Hellenic, my main activity is training on the four-week TEFL certificate course, which we have run every month since 2004. The course is a combination of input sessions on teaching methodology and language awareness, and guided lesson planning, observation and feedback.
I have been working in EFL in Greece since 1987, and for several years was director of my own school before devoting myself full-time to teacher training. I have substantial experience of Teaching English for Academic Purposes, particularly preparation for IELTS and entry to UK universities, including work at the University of Reading as a Pre-sessional EAP Teacher.
Since the inception of the Greek State Certificate in Language Competence in 2003, I have worked as a consultant with the Research Centre for Language Teaching, Testing and Assessment at the University of Athens. I am involved in the KPG primarily as a trainer of oral examiners, running training and standardisation seminars and observing examiners during exams. I am also involved in the development of materials for listening comprehension.
Since 2009, I have worked with New York College in Athens lecturing on the University of Greenwich BA in TESOL and MA in ELT Management.
Peter Beech receiving an award for excellence in teaching at New York College
Undergraduate courses that I have taught include:
At postgraduate level, the module which I teach is:
My own Master's
dissertation was An
Investigation of the Problems that Young Learners of English
Have Using Bilingual Dictionaries.
My academic interests are centred on ways to make teaching more effective through the application of SLA research findings in the development of classroom methodology. I am particularly concerned with the role of the teacher as researcher and with the effective design and implementation of classroom research. This is the area in which I supervise Master's dissertations.
My own Master's dissertation was An Investigation of the Problems that Young Learners of English Have Using Bilingual Dictionaries.
A former Board member of TESOL Greece, I was the founding coordinator of the TESOL Greece Learning Technologies SIG, and have given numerous professional presentations in this area. I have also given presentations throughout Greece as an invited guest speaker at events organized by PALSO, the Federation of Greek Language Schools, and QLS, the Panhellenic Association of Accredited Quality Language Schools.
I am an active member of IATEFL and of the Teacher Trainers and Educators SIG, and have presented several times at the annual IATEFL conference in the UK.
I have published
numerous articles in ELT publications including:
Short articles on aspects of teaching methodology are also published on the TEFL Greece blog.
Below are articles selected for inclusion in the peer-reviewed journal IATEFL Conference Selections.
Peer observation in teacher development.
In B. Beavan (ed.) (2007) IATEFL 2006 Harrogate conference selections.
my end is my beginning: Trainee teachers’ personal aims.
In B. Beavan (ed.) (2008) IATEFL 2007 Aberdeen conference selections.
Bringing exam tasks to life: Things
we’ve tried that work.
In B. Beavan (ed.) (2009) IATEFL 2008 Exeter conference selections.