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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 German anyway?’

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”.


With warmest thanks to all who have shared this millennium marker —

Richard & Lilias Byrn,
Leeds, August 2000.