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Rod Bolitho



Who is he?

Rod Bolitho was born near Liverpool in 1944. Rod holds a BA (Hons) in German from the University of Durham, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) from the University of London (Institute of Education).

He is currently retired but remains very active as a speaker at conferences and as a freelance consultant in ELT and education. Rod currently chairs the NILE Advisory Board.

Professional life

Rod worked in language education as teacher, teacher educator and manager for over 55 years in both public and private sectors. He has an international reputation as author, trainer and consultant to ELT projects around the world, most recently for the British Council in Uzbekistan, Tunisia, India and Niger.

Rod has directed Master’s programmes in Language Education and Trainer Training at Plymouth Marjon University and at NILE, where he was Programme Leader for the MA in Professional Development in Language Education.

Rod has written articles on a wide range of ELT-related topics, including language awareness, trainer training, continuing professional development and materials design. He has been a plenary speaker at the IATEFL International Conference and at conferences in many parts of the world, including India, Russia, Turkey, Greece and Brazil.


Rod enjoys family life, walking, cooking, reading and supporting his beloved Liverpool Football Club.

Rod describes himself as a very eclectic person with a myriad of passions which he has always been able to pursue. He is not keen on repeating material, so whenever he gives a new conference talk, he usually prepares it from scratch. At this point in his life, he chooses what to work on according to his interests.

Biographical sources

Rod’s NILE Page

Rod Bolitho

Recommended books

The Education of Hyman Kaplan

Leonard Q. Ross

1937, San Diego CA: Harcout, Brace and Company (source)

The Techniques of Language Teaching

F.L. Billows

1961, London: Pearson English Language Teaching (source)

Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Education

A.S Neil

1962, London: Victor Gollancz (source)

How Children Fail

John Holt

1964, Totnes: Pitman Publishing Company (source)

The Mind's Eye: Using Pictures Creatively in Language Learning

Alan Maley, Alan Duff, Francoise Grellet

1981, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (source)

Teaching Languages: A Way and Ways

Earl W. Stevick

1981, Boston MA: Newbury House Pub (source)

Once Upon a Time: Using Stories in the Language Classroom

John Morgan, Mario Rinvolucri

1984, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (source)

Caring and Sharing in the Foreign Language Classroom

Gertrude Moskowitz

1991, London: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (source)

Freedom to Learn

Carl Rogers, H.J Freidberg

1994, London: Pearson College Division. (source)

Memory, Meaning and Method: Some Psychological Perspectives on Language Learning

Earl W. Stevick

1996, Boston MA: Heinle ELT (source)

The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

W. Timothy Gallwey

1997, London: Random House Publishing Group (PDF) (source)

The Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Paulo Freire

2017, London: Penguin (source)

Sound Foundations

Adrian Underhill

1994, Heinemann (source)  

Diary of a Language Teacher (The European Language Classroom)

Joachim Appel, Arthur Van Essen

1995, Oxford: Heinemann (source)

Alive to Language: Perspectives on Language Awareness for English Language Teachers

Van Arndt, Paul Harvey, John Nuttal

2000, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (source)

Trainer Development

Rod Bolitho, Tony Wright

2006, Lulu Press, Inc (source)

Teacher Language Awareness

Stephen Andrews

2007, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (source)

Place in HLT

2021. Mario Rinvolucri. Mario Rinvolucri about Rod Bolitho’s Career and Influence in ELT. (source)

— Mario Rinvolucri
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