My name is Tony Waterman and I am from the New Forest National Park near Bournemouth, United Kingdom.
I studied languages at school and university and after several years in international banking in the City of London, I got ‘the call’ to start teaching English, so I could work with people and travel the world. My first teaching position was in Finland followed by Spain, Indonesia, the UK, and Brazil. By the time I arrived in Muscat in 1994, I had accrued a certificate from Pilgrims and an RSA Diploma (which is called DELTA these days). I had taught EAP, EBP, EGP and ESP and had become a CAE, CPE and IELTS examiner. I had also been involved in CELTA and DELTA training.
Since starting as a teacher for RAFO, I have delivered in-house training sessions, written 40+ EMP military course books and garnered a Master’s and EdD in TESOL. I am also a regular presenter of workshops and presentations at national, regional and international events. My main focus nowadays is sharing my academic and practical knowledge with my Omani and expatriate colleagues and ELT professionals worldwide. I will deliver a plenary session at the TESOL Arabia SIG in Abu Dhabi next month, and I will attend the British Council conference in Bahrain, too. Meeting professionals from other GCC countries allows for an invigorating exchange of views, practices and potential approaches to current educational challenges.
In my (limited) spare time, I enjoy camping in Oman’s amazing landscapes and being with family and friends. I hope to continue enjoying my professional and personal life here in the Gulf for many years to come.