To all practitioners

Dave Allan




1995. Should English Language Tests Be More Communicative? IATEFL TEASIG Newsletter.

1998. Teaching and Learning Grammar Communicatively Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2000. What’s the Point of Plenaries? English Teaching Professional.

2001. What’s the use of the CEFR? IATEFL TEASIG Newsletter. Reprinted in The Best of TEASIG.  2017. Faversham: IATEFL. (source)

2005. Putting Learners in their Proper Place. TEASIG & OUP Newsletters. (source)

2009. Using Songs in the Communicative Language Classroom. ETAS Journal. Switzerland; ELT News and Views, Argentina.

2010. Distinctions and Dichotomies – Testing and Assessment. English Teaching Professional.

2010. Why Test? – Why not Assess? English Teaching Professional.

2010. Review: Is Pearson Academic Fit for Purpose? EL Gazette.

2010. Are we Finally Bringing Placement Testing into the 21st Century? TEASIG Newsletter; OUP Newsletter.

2017. Testing & Assessment in ELT - Getting the Best of Both Worlds Klett.


2008. EL Gazette. Melanie Butler. Interview with Dave Allan.

LEND, Italy. Sandra Lucietto. Interview with Dave Allan.

Dave Allan

Recommended books

Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Paolo Freire.

1970. London: Penguin Books. (source)

Caring and Sharing in the Foreign Language Classroom.

Gertude Moskowitz.

1978. Boston MA: Heinle and Heinle. (source)

Teaching Language: A Way and Ways.

Earl W. Stevick.

1981. Rowley MA: Newbury House. (source)

Humanism in Language Teaching.

Earl W. Stevick.

1990. New York NY: Oxford University Press. (source)

Learner-Centered English Language Education: The Selected Works of David Nunan.

David Nunan.

2013. London: Routledge. (source)

On Becoming an Effective Teacher: Person-centered Teaching, Psychology, Philosophy, and Dialogues with Carl R. Rogers and Harold Lyon.

Carl. R Rogers, Harold Lyon, Reinhard Tausch.

2013. London: Routledge. (source)

Place in HLT

While not one of the authors of any of the key books or articles which began and developed HLT, practitioners and writers like Mario Rinvolucri, Alan Maley, Rod Bolitho and Adrian Underhill, Dave has been a strong, enthusiastic and consistent proponent of its key values and approaches, both in his own classrooms and in the learning environments created at Bell Norwich and NILE. His teams at both institutions have had huge impact in making HLT a reality for thousands of teachers and learners worldwide.

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