Talks

Global Competence

Our job should not be restricted to going through the language syllabus in our classes but should develop values required by citizens in today’s globalized world.  Embracing global competence in our classes is about developing particular skills and attitudes: the knowledge and understanding of global issues and intercultural concerns, the fostering of analytical and critical thinking

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The Labels We Live By

There is an increasing tendency to categorize learners, but these labels are rarely neutral and can take on lives of their own, independent of our learners’ actual opportunities to acquire language. This talk explores alternative ways of understanding learner identities following a narrative rather than a paradigmatic approach.   Download a handout with bibliography here

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Students in the Directors Chair

Watching and making video is a part of everyday life for today’s YouTuber teens. It’s increasingly a part of the modern classroom experience too, helping to increase learner engagement. The rise of digital video has also made video easier to access, produce and share. If students are given the chance to produce their own video,

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Screen Teachers

The way teachers are portrayed in the movies can provide us with fascinating insights into how our profession is perceived. This analyses how both “good” and “bad” teachers predominate in Hollywood with their corresponding tropes and stereotypes. Using less-known examples from the cinema, we will analyse on-screen teachers can present us with more inspiring and

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The Personalisation Problem

We begin looking at Personalisation in ELT. Students enjoy activities that are learner centred but many materials include “personalised activities” such as Find Someone Who… games which clearly channel an individual learner’s response and give learners little room “to make the task their own”. There is also a clear discourse of individualism in ELT materials

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The Moving Image: A History of Video in ELT

Abstract: From the BBC’s crash course Follow Me in the 70s to the 90s concept of “Active Viewing” and today’s You Tube Generation, how has the role of video changed in the last 50 years? This personal journey will trace how the moving image has moved on and analyse the part it may play in

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“No Listen the Ask”: Emerging Identities in Transnational Spaces

How do we present ourselves in today’s digital world? Using examples from You Tube and other sources, this talk shows how identities are constructed through repeated performance and how people adopt pragmatic strategies to engage with each other online. English’s role is crucial in this as a dynamic, emergent and social phenomenon and one that

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The Power of Image: Developing a visual literacy in the language classroom

Thanks to digital technology, never have we been able to access, create and manipulate such a great variety of images in so little time. This workshop analyses ways images have been traditionally used in the language classroom – as visual aids or as prompts to language production – and seeks out some alternative which place

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Building the Speaking Skill

With CLT’s emphasis on a functional syllabus, real-life language and authentic materials, the speaking skill has naturally become more prominent in the classroom. And yet, what kinds of speaking really goes on in today’s class and why do students struggle so much with this skill? The answer may lie in the kinds of tasks that

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