NZALT President Wins National Teaching Award
Martin East was awarded a Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching National Award at Parliament on Wednesday evening, 17th August. The National Awards are keenly contested across the whole country, and up to twelve each year are awarded. The awards aim to recognise and encourage excellence in tertiary education at a national level. Martin's award comes as a result of 16 years in tertiary education where he has been extensively involved in language teaching and learning. Since 2008 he has worked in language teacher education at the University of Auckland. The award acknowledges not only his teaching but also his service to the teaching community via NZALT. Martin is here pictured receiving the award from Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.
A short video about Martin's teaching and citation details are available from this link.
Professor Graeme Aitken, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, writes: "The award is recognition of Martin’s ability to draw on his own rigorous research and scholarship to develop and deliver courses that are consistently highly regarded by his students. It also recognises Martin’s leadership in language teaching pedagogy among practitioners and in the national and international research community. His commitment to research-informed and research-generating practice, and his openness to the rigorous testing of innovations in his own teaching and the teaching of others illustrates not only his ability to master the field but also to advance it."
In acknowledging receipt of the award, Martin spoke of his wish for the students he works with to go on to make a difference in the lives and experiences of their own students as they deliver courses in languages in schools.