Beverley Burkett has been a language teacher educator for more than 25 years. She was head of the Language in Education Unit at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, from 1985-2007. She engaged in research, teaching, and curriculum development, with a particular focus on the role of language in learning in multilingual contexts. She is co-author of an ESL textbook series, Keys to English, and was team leader of a research project investigating the impact of additive bilingual (English–isiXhosa) curriculum delivery in a rural school in South Africa. She has presented academic papers at conferences in the UK, the US, Canada, Finland, Germany, Uganda, Botswana, Hong Kong, South Korea and has been an invited speaker at KOTESOL and southern African conferences. She has worked on language in education projects in Algeria and South Africa.
Beverley was an active member of a community-based organization that worked for peace and justice in South Africa. When not teaching, she enjoys yoga and has an avid interest in design.