Simon WINETROUBE began his career in EFL in 1986 with a few years teaching in private language schools in the UK and Spain, where he also learned to ski and loved the rural Catalan way of life. Simon joined the British Council as a teacher in 1992 where he soon got involved in teacher training. He then started the British Council teaching operations in Viet Nam, in the early stages of their “Open Door” policy. In 1996, Simon moved to Hungary, funded by the British Council and the Hungarian Ministry to modernise ESP teaching in 17 Higher Education Institutions. He also taught Business English at the Foiskola Kereskedelmi es Vendeglatoipari, where his greatest achievement was learning to say the name of his workplace. As English Language Officer in Russia, he experienced playing Rugby League on packed snow. Simon was also responsible for a portfolio of projects designed to improve the teaching and learning of English across the Russian Education system. Simon’s next stop was Ethiopia. As Deputy Director, with a focus on Development, he managed projects in Distance Education and Girls’ Education and also designed and directed the English Language Improvement Programme, which reached around 170 000 Ethiopian teachers. This took him to fascinating parts of Ethiopia with spectacular scenery and amazing food, music and dance. A short time in Dubai, leading an internal British Council change programme for the Middle East was followed by 5 years as Country Director and Cultural Attaché in Qatar, where he got a privileged insight into Qatar’s massive social changes, while overseeing, Education Promotions, Teaching and Exam operations, and a significant Arts programme, as well as designing and directing the Academic Language Programme (ALP) for the Qatar Supreme Education Council. ALP introduced CLIL methodologies to Qatar Secondary school teachers to support a move to bilingual education.
And so to Perth, where Simon’s two sons and I love the outdoor lifestyle and to Curtin English, where we are working hard to improve quality and to make it a great place to work and to study.