Elusive, philosophical, witty, whatever adjective you wish to tag him with, ‘passionate’ is probably the first one you think of. Here’s a man who knows his mind, and speaks from it. And from his heart. After trying for as long as this blog has been alive, I finally managed to tear him away from his endless reading and research for his Masters dissertation, threatening to remove all his stocks of Earl Grey, and to sit him down in his cosy kitchen to probe his mind and his heart.
Spare some time to watch the interview in full, you won’t regret it. And, I’m sure Diarmuid would appreciate your comments!
Diarmuid currently teaches and manages in a large teaching centre in Manchester. He’s been managing for three years and teaching for seventeen. He began his ELT experiences in Piraeus, Greece, then moved to Athens. After two and a half years in Greece he moved to Bilbao where he taught at the British Council. Then prospects of work in Manchester emerged and he’s looked back ever since!
His professional interests include critical dogme, management and realigning ELT so that its parent discipline is education, not linguistics. The most recent addition to this list is action research. Education for Diarmuid is about creating thinking people who can teach themselves and others. Its long term aim is the creation of a society that is an improvement on the present. He sees himself primarily as a teacher who teaches EFL,which, he believes, is markedly different from an EFL teacher.
He has a very entertaining blog, The Tao Te(a)ching, which is, as Lindsay describes his six things blog, ‘ a museum piece’. It still makes for very good reading, and your comments are still replied to. His other blog is called Diarmuid Fogarty’s Action Research Journal.