Gronia de Verdon Cooney
(8 January 1958-1 July 2005)
Gronia de Verdon Cooney was an experienced and highly-qualified freelance teacher and teacher trainer. Her interests included strategies and multiple intelligences, writing and testing. She was at one time Chief Examiner and Academic Manager of the Test of Interactive English and worked with the Centre for Language and Communication Studies (CLCS) in Trinity College Dublin. She was a member of IATEFL and BIELT, and for a number of years acted as Chairman of the Forum for English Language Teachers (FELT Ireland). In July 2001 she first came into contact with the Dolmetsch family when she applied to attend our Summer School. She went on to attend the 2002, 2003 and 2004 Summer Schools and spent a number of holidays with us at our home in Haslemere. As a member of the Irish Branch of the Society of Players, and when her health allowed, she attended their monthly meetings. She also taught a course on academic writing for the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin.
She is the author of an article entitled Designing Language Tests - The Test of Interactive English.