Dr Albert P'Rayan, Bio-data, January 2015


Dr Albert P’Rayan is an English Language Teaching (ELT) resource person with over 18 years of teaching experience.  He has taught ESP (English for Specific Purposes) and EAP (English for Academic Purposes) courses in India and abroad.  He was on the staff of the department of English at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Rwanda, East Africa for five years and was the head of the department for three years.


Currently Dr P’Rayan is Professor of English, and Head of the Higher Education Cell, at KCG College of Technology, Chennai.  


He had his education in reputed institutes: St Joseph’s College, Tiruchi and Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL), Hyderabad. He has also taken online courses on ELT:  Methodology for TESOL course offered by the University of Maryland (UMBC), USA in 2012 and Critical Thinking in Language Learning and Teaching offered by the University of Oregon, USA in 2014.


Dr P’Rayan is a regular conference presenter and resource person for ELT training programs. As an ELT resource person, Dr Albert P’Rayan has conducted over 60 ELT workshops and has trained around 4000 teachers in the southern states of India.  He has also delivered keynote addresses in UGC-sponsored national conferences and workshops and presented papers in international and national seminars. 


He is also a freelance journalist and writer.  He has been contributing a popular weekly column 'English Matters' (now called ‘English Blues’) to Education Express, a higher education supplement with The New Indian Express, since May 2006.  He has contributed over 400 columns during the past eight and half years.  The New Indian Express has published the book English Blues in two volumes.  His articles on English language teaching (ELT) and education have appeared in The Hindu.


He was the editor of the British Council’s English Language Teaching Contacts Scheme (ELTeCS) - India and Sri Lanka bulletin for over five years from February 2008 to September 2013.  ELTeCS newsletters have contributed to the professional development of over 5,000 English language teachers in India and Sri Lanka.


His areas of interest include teacher training, teacher education, English course design, and English for Specific Purposes, and English through newspapers. 


Contact: Albert P'Rayan <rayanal@yahoo.co.uk>