From Bow to Burma

From Bow to Burma

Teacher of English Overseas

Gerry Abbott


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In The Teaching of English as an International Language (1981) Gerry and his colleagues put forward their ideas on classroom practice in overseas schools. That teacher’s manual has been called a “golden oldie” of its kind. From Bow to Burma is more like an autobiographical travel book. Gerry escaped the Blitz and spent his boyhood in Great Britain, and Part 1 deals with these early days. In Parts 2 and 3, however, he travels to Thailand, Singapore, Malaya, Cambodia, Spain, Jordan and Palestine, Hungary, Romania, Algeria, Uganda, Kenya, PDR Yemen, Vietnam, Sabah and Sarawak, Pakistan, Cameroon and finally Burma.