Elizabeth Gordon is a New Zealander who did her PGCE at the Institute of Education in London in 1963 and postgraduate studies in Linguistics at University College London, 1964-66.
She began teaching Linguistics at the University of Canterbury in 1967 and retired in 2003. Her main research interest has been in New Zealand English.
Her other great interest has been the teaching of English in NZ schools. She was principal writer/developer for the Dept of Education Exploring Language project in 1994-6, and very much involved with the changes in English language teaching in NZ from the 1960's. As a student at the Institute of Education in London, she came under the influence of James Britton, Harold Rosen and, above all, her tutor, Nancy Martin, people whose work later became influential in New Zealand.
She is proud to be a life time member of NZATE.