Professor recognised for contribution to language teaching

17 July 2018
Martin East receives the FIPLV 2017 International Award from NZALT President Annabelle Sinclair
Martin receives his FIPLV International Award from NZALT president Annabelle Sinclair

Professor Martin East of the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics has received a FIPLV International Award 2017 from the Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes (International Federation of Language Teacher Associations).

Martin received the award for his distinguished and outstanding contribution to language teacher education and research into language teaching, learning and assessment, as well as to language teacher associations.

FIPLV was founded in Paris in 1931, and is the sole global body representing language teacher associations across the world. The International Award is among its highest distinctions. It is awarded to members who have distinguished themselves by being exceptionally active, innovative, valuable, and talented in one or more fields of language learning and language teaching.

The award was presented to Martin at the 2018 biennial conference of the New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT).

The president of NZALT, Annabelle Sinclair, drew attention to Martin's leading roles in supporting school-based language teachers' work during times of significant change. Dovetailing his work as a language teacher educator with his publications as a leading scholar in the field, Martin aimed to ensure that beginning teachers could enter the profession with a solid research-informed understanding of how to enact learner-focused pedagogies.

Martin has also contributed to national language assessment reform in New Zealand, and to the mission of NZALT over many years. His work on NZALT's National Executive included four years as President, during which time he was an active interface between language teachers and government agencies as teachers worked to implement the revised national curriculum and accompanying modified assessments.

Martin has been President of the International Association for Task-Based Language Teaching since April 2017. This has enabled him to translate his languages-focused service contribution to the international arena.

Annabelle concluded that Martin's significant and sustained contributions to language education made him a worthy recipient of a 2017 FIPLV International Award.

Martin is very honoured to have received the award. He is also looking forward to taking part in the FIPLV World Congress, to be held in New Orleans in November in parallel with the 2018 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

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