Incidents in an Educational Life
A Memoir (of Sorts)
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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One: Schoolboy Years
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My earliest educational memory is of going to kindergarten. (I haveearlier memories, such as my father, home on leave, taking me out atnight to hear the German bombers going over our house some 25 milessouth of central London.) The kindergarten was run by a stout elderlylady called Mrs Lloyd. As memory goes, she always wore long black...
Two: Three Years at Cambridge and Three Years in Europe
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For my first term and a bit at university I was a history major. Oneemerging problem with this choice though was that I found myselfreading the same books as I had in my final years at school, such as Tan-ner’s Constitutional Documents. Another was that the first-year historystudents were a large class (some 200–300) and the lecturers to these...
Three: Two Spells in Libya with a Post-Graduate Interlude
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At the end of the last chapter, I intimated my feeling that I might behappier in a university environment, so on returning to the UK, I ap-plied for lecturing jobs at the British Council, which acted at that timeas a recruiting agency for many overseas universities. I applied for alectureship in English at the famous Charles University in Prague,...
Four: A Mistake in Leeds and a Recovery in Khartoum
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Before we left Tripoli, I had obtained a lectureship in the Institute of Ed-ucation at the University of Leeds. I suspect I got the job for a variety ofreasons, one being that I had the WSE textbook in press. I was actuallywhich offered three diplomas for overseas educators, one of which wasTeaching English Overseas (TEO) and where a large minority of the...
Five: The Rise and Fall of the Aston Group
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Approaching my 40th year, I found myself back in England, but thistime in its Second City—that of Birmingham in the West Midlands.Suddenly, many things were different. In Sudan, we had survived forfive years without a telephone, either in the office or at home. If wewanted to make an occasional phone call, we either went to the nearby...
Six: Twenty and More Years in the American Midwest (and Elsewhere)
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I arrived in Ann Arbor just a day or two before the end of 1984, in timeto take up my dual appointment in the English Language Institute andthe Department of Linguistics, and in time for the beginning of what isaccurately described at the University of Michigan as the “WinterTerm.” The term had hardly begun when the chair of Linguistics called...
Seven: Reflections on an Educational Life
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I am sufficiently aware of contemporary work on text and discourseanalysis to recognize that the vignettes recounted in the previous chap-ters are not, in any simple sense, “true slices of an educational life.” Af-ter all, some I have recounted before in oral form, and in these retellingsthey become shaped in some more artful way, and have been reshaped...
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Publication Year: 2013