Programme Lead Team
Alecia Banfield MBBS, MPH, TEFL/TESOL
• BPME Founder and Creator
• OET Preparation Course Provider
Alecia Banfield, a medical doctor, earned her Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from the University of the West Indies, Mona. She worked in emergency medicine, pediatrics and general practice before focusing on community and preventive medicine. A recipient of the Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO) Fellowship, she earned her Master of Public Health at the University of Liverpool, UK, and was an Assistant Medical Officer of Health in her home country, Barbados. Her dissertation, "Occupational Health Issues at British Aerospace, Broughton, Wales", increased her interest in prevention and education in healthcare. She is a certified TEFL/TESOL teacher and speaks German as a second language and Spanish as a foreign language.
As the developer of learning materials, she brings both hands-on experience in clinical and non-clinical practice— in hospital, private practice, educational forums, medico-legal and community medicine—and knowledge of how to teach the important authentic language needed in real-life healthcare. She is an official Occupational English Test (OET) Preparation Course provider (Germany, Netherlands and Online).
Dr. John Goodyear, BSc, MA, PhD, TEFL
• Teaching Fellow, University of Birmingham
• Academic and Programme Strategist, BPME
Dr. Goodyear is an Anglo-German intercultural practitioner involved in teaching, training, research, translations and authoring.
He graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a Ph.D. in German Acoustic Environments, and is a top translator and teacher of German and English. As a Fellow at the University of Birmingham, he specialises in German.
Dr. Goodyear has additional interests in English for Specific Purposes, particularly for healthcare, and is a recognized and knowledgeable voice on the Occupational English Test.
As editor and adviser for the BPME programme, he brings a combined 20 years of classroom experience and implementing teaching frameworks and quality systems. This informs BPME's standard of materials, teacher practice and students' learning experience.