Most of you don’t need to be reminded what a special person Alan was. He worked for many years in the University's Institute for English Language Education (IELE) and then joined the department in 2001. His specialism was Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).
He held positions in several countries before coming to Lancaster (Sierra Leone, Kuwait and Thailand), ran courses in many other parts of the world and acted as a consultant to several major ELT development projects. His publications include Interface (Longman), ESP: A Learning-centred Approach, Study Tasks in English (both Cambridge University Press), A Review of Research into Needs for English for Academic Purposes (ETS), two edited volumes of papers and a number of journal articles.
Alan retired in 2012 and continued to maintain an interest in TEFL while pursuing his other passions, which included particularly opera and hill-walking.
We invite friends, colleagues, past and present, students and former students to post tributes and share their memories of Alan.