George Lucas Educational Foundation

Ramanujam Parthasarathy

I am a teacher of English and a teacher educator. In a career spanning three decades of teaching and faculty training in India, I have taught English as a second language, English literature and English Language Teaching. As a faculty trainer, I have conducted over 110 workshops on various aspects of ELT, professional development, exploratory practice and action research, and given plenary talks at national and international ELT conferences. I hold degrees/diplomas in English Literature, Education, ELT and Creative Writing from five Indian universities. My administrative includes: (a) Head, Dept of English; Dean of Humanities; and Director of the Loyola ELT Centre at Andhra Loyola College, Vijayawada, India; (b) Director (Training) at Vignan University, Andhra Pradesh, India; and (c) Director, ELT Centre, at Gudlavalleru Engineering College, Andhra Pradesh.

My research work covers a diverse range of interests within ELT: materials evaluation (for a PhD degree); a 2-year ZEE-Education-funded materials-production project about which papers have been published in reputable ELT journals, national and international; two action research projects; a UGC-funded research project; and projects on peer feedback and peer mentoring. Besides being a research supervisor and examiner, I have guest edited research journals; served as a member of the editorial board of six international journals; published 23 books, 16 research papers, and over 500 feature articles as a columnist and a freelance writer; and edited the newspaper ('Loyola Today') of Andhra Loyola College for 26 years.

Areas of Interest: 
English Language,
English language Teaching,
Creative Writing,
reflective practice,
classroom/action research,
ELT consultancy,
ELT course design,
materials writing,
freelance writing,
teacher professional development,
educational administration,
Task-based language teaching