Defining Excellence in Professional Online Language Education

Academic Panel

At the core of ALAP is our esteemed Academic Panel who are experts in the field of English language teaching.  They oversee matters related to assuring academic quality.

Paul Rogers, MSc, PhD, FCoT, FIFL, FInstLM, FRSA

Paul Rogers qualified as a teacher in the early 1970s and taught in the UK state system for a number of years. He then moved overseas and into adult education, dealing with a variety of tertiary education and training institutes such as Universities, Military Training Colleges and Vocational Education training providers, in both the public and private sectors.
He took a UK M.Sc. degree in Applied Linguistics and ESP in the mid 1980s, a US Doctorate in the early 90s and has presented papers on subjects as diverse as teacher training, online learning and modern assessment methodology at various prestigious conferences around the world. In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the Institute for Learning, the UK’s main regulatory and quality assurance organization for Further Education. He is also a Fellow of the College of Teachers in London and in 2013 was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.
He has written teacher training programmes for Aston University and has worked closely with both Leeds and Southampton Universities in the UK, as well as the RAND Corporation (Education Division) in the USA, when he was Programme Manager for Initial Teacher Training in the Gulf state of Qatar. He has worked with British Aerospace in Saudi Arabia, the Centre for British Teachers in Oman and Qatar and was Regional Business Manager for EDI (LCCI International Qualifications) in Cyprus and the Middle East. Most recently, he was Managing Director of a private vocational college in Doha: Qatar Skills Academy. He has been an active member of IATEFL, TESOL and TESOL Arabia as well as being a committed Rotarian. He is currently Headmaster of KYUEM, a prestigious “A” Level College in Malaysia.
In 2015 Paul was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
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Angela Smith

Angela is currently the Academic Lead for University of Derby Online, UK. Her responsibilities include authoring online modules in Principles of ELT and also Language Teaching Theory & Practice and developing materials for EAL/EAP/ESP. As Academic Lead for education programmes, and with several years’ experience in successful design, delivery and evaluation of online, blended and fully face to face education courses, Angela brings to ALAP sound knowledge of ESOL teaching and learning pedagogy. She has successfully taught multi lingual groups of students and delivered training in ESOL across all levels from Pre Entry to Level 2, the full Cambridge suite, TOEIC and EAP for Foundation and University students. Angela is currently completing her PhD in E Research & Technology – Enhanced Learning with Lancaster University, adding to her long list of credentials including: MA Education (E Learning), MA Education (TESOL), RSA Dip TESP (PG) Teaching English for Specific Purposes, London Trinity College Dip TESOL, RSA Dip TEFLA, PCHETLS Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning Support, and BA (Hons) English & Public Media.

Prof.Dr. Ismail Hakki Mirici

Prof.Dr. Ismail Hakki Mirici is the ELP National Contact Person for the Ministry of Education, Turkey in the Council of Europe.  He is a full time academic at Hacettepe University Faculty of Education ELT Department in Ankara, Turkey. He is also the elected Past President of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI), and the Founder of the WCCI Turkish Chapter. He has been lecturing at Turkish universities for about 30 years. He has about 20 books and 60 articles published. He has participated in the steering committees of several national and international education projects. His main fields of studies are English Language Teaching, and Curriculum and Instruction.

Georgina Ma

Georgina completed her Masters degree in English Language Teaching at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom and is completing her PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Georgina has more than 17 years international experience in teaching English as a second and foreign language and language teacher training. She is an experienced Education Manager, with a particular interest in Higher Education. She currently resides in Auckland, New Zealand where she works as a Professional Learning Advisor, providing professional support in learning languages to schools and teachers.

Wayne Trotman

Wayne has been involved in language teaching both in the UK and overseas since 1981 when he graduated from Northampton University with a BA (Hons) in Teaching English and Social Studies. Now based on the west coast of Turkey in the city of Izmir, Wayne holds the position of Assistant-Professor, responsible for Teacher-Development at Izmir Katip Çelebi University (IKÇÜ), where he also coordinates Erasmus+ Bilateral Agreements. Previously, he was a university level language instructor at the Izmir Institute of Technology (IYTE) where he coordinated and taught on the EAP writing programme for preparatory year students at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Since 2001 Wayne has been a regular contributor to widely-read UK ELT journals such as EL Gazette and Modern English Teacher and has had many book reviews and several articles on distance learning published over the years. Wayne has acted as a consultant for Cambridge English Language Assessment since 1991 and examined speaking and writing papers at IELTS level from 1995 to 2005. He is currently an Examination Centre Inspector. In 1996 Wayne completed his MSc in TESOL with Aston University in the UK, which included a dissertation on CALL (computer-assisted language learning). He was recently engaged in a project at IYTE involving action research on conferencing with second-language writers about their work. Upon completion of his thesis in 2010 in this area Wayne received his PhD in ELT and Applied Linguistics from the University of Warwick, UK. He currently supervises a teacher-research group at IKÇÜ.

Jean Binns

Jean’s long career in the teaching profession has been widely varied. She has taught in primary, secondary and post-secondary education, teaching a wide variety of subjects including PE, sociology, Religious Education and literature. For six years she served as an English specialist in a remote rural boarding school in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, and for four years she lectured in English at a College of Primary Education in Botswana. Back in the UK, Jean took on the role of Director of an International Language School, and lectured two modules in a Theological College. From her early days in teaching she has been an innovator, writing one of the first CSE courses in PE, for example. She has also had considerable experience in designing and developing course materials, including co-writing the national Diploma in Primary Education (English) at the University of Botswana and she brings a wealth of experience in examination marking, and assessment, including supervision of PGCE in Adult Education (TESOL) and UK Skills for Life assessments. Jean holds a Masters of Education in TESOL and her latest qualifications vary from a specialist Post Graduate Diploma in Online English Teaching to an NVQ in Culture and Diversity.