From 1970 to 1974 I studied English language and literature (BA) at Exeter University (UK, )I have been working as a teacher of English language and literature for 37 years. I was president of the national commission for syllabi and curricula at secondary school level from 2007 to 2010. Currently I am president of a nonprofit and non-governmental association ALEA whose aim it is to uphold the position of the humanities in general and literature in particular in at all levels across the curriculum. In fact, in the course of my long career as a teacher and as a mentor of student teachers, I have come to recognize the vital educational impact of literature on the young ( and the less young), which is also the reason why I have always invested considerable time and effort in arousing my students' interest in books. This has become all the more important as one can sense utilitarian tendencies at work throughout our Western societies and at all levels of Academia.
I am not a writer but a teacher who would love to be able to write and who is committed to inspiring my students to become mature and responsible human beings - and literature has a vital role to play here.
I hope that these humble lines will meet with your favourable reception.
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