People

John Polias ~ Director

John Polias is an international consultant in the classroom applications of the role of language in learning. He has been an ESL teacher at all levels of schooling, a teacher of mathematics and science, a lecturer in ESL teaching and linguistics at university level and a consultant in language and literacy.

He and Brian Dare are the two international tutor trainers for and, typically, the writers of How Language Works (HLW); Teaching ESL Learners in Mainstream Classrooms: Language in Learning across the Curriculum (TESMC: LiLaC); Literacy for Learning (LfL); and Teaching Young Children in English in Multilingual Contexts (TYCEMC).

He is also a writer of curriculum and teaching materials, including modules for an Open University (UK) course in the teaching of English language, the ESL Scope and Scales for the SA Department of Education, and a co-writer of publications such as Teaching ESL through Science: A Science Curriculum for Intensive English Language Programs and a chapter in Scaffolding: Teaching and Learning in Language and Literacy Education.

John currently works with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in delivering professional development courses for the Education Bureau of Hong Kong on meaning making in a range of subjects:  science, humanities, mathematics, physical education, teaching education and visual arts.

John has also written a book on the teaching of science and has co-written a book on a description of genre and functional grammar for Swedish.

 

Brian Dare ~ Director

Brian Dare is an international consultant in language and literacy. He and John Polias are the two international tutor trainers for and, typically, the writers of How Language Works (HLW)Teaching ESL Learners in Mainstream Classrooms: Language in Learning across the Curriculum (TESMC: LiLaC)Literacy for Learning (LfL); and Teaching Young Children in English in Multilingual Contexts (TYCEMC).

He is also a writer of curriculum and teaching materials, including modules for an Open University (UK) course in the teaching of English language, as well as co-writing a chapter in Scaffolding: Teaching and Learning in Language and Literacy Education.

Brian has worked extensively with schools, especially in Melbourne, Victoria, to build their capacity to improve the literacy outcomes of their students. He has delivered workshops on the language of History, Science, Art, Mathematics and Geography. He has a particular interest in building a systemic functional meta-language for teachers across all learning areas including languages other than English.

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