How to mark the millennium? — Plant
a tree for the future? Review the past? Tend a special grave? See
some old friends?
In our case, Lilias and I organised a reunion of former colleagues
from Germany and, thanks to strong encouragement from Brigitte Scott
plus meticulous proof-reading by Douglas Cossar, put together this
set of reflections and reminiscences – from German colleagues
who spent time in Leeds, and conversely, from English colleagues
who have worked in Germany.
The title LektorInnenlob conveys our
admiration for the contribution which Lectors make to the Department’s
activities – social as much as teaching. The sub-title, featuring
‘Völkerverständigung’, reflects the underlying
purpose of all our teaching, here placing special emphasis on the
Department’s formal relations with Tübingen and Leipzig
universities. The linking commentaries focus on the development
of language teaching policy and practice over the past half-century:
‘What is the best way to teach German?’, and ‘Why
Concluding this booklet is a record of the LektorInnentreffen
held at Hinsley Hall, Headingley, 28-30 July 2000, together with
Gordon Forster’s survey “Yorkshire and Leeds in the
last Fifty Years”.