British Council Signature Event at IATEFL 2014, Harrogate UK. Full video available here.
While English Medium Instruction (EMI) in education systems has been the norm in former British colonies for many years, recent years have seen large growth in EMI in many other countries around the world. Universities from Italy to Indonesia, from Rwanda to Kazakhstan, rush to teach more and more courses in English medium, driven by the desire to recruit international students and to prepare home students for an international future. At school level EMI is popular not only in the traditional private sector, but is finding its way into public educational systems. What are the driving forces behind this? Is this trend inevitable in the long-term, and a good thing? When is EMI appropriate and how can it be made successful? Who are the winners and the losers, in terms of people and languages? This session will surface some political and educational issues and controversies, drawing on the views of an expert panel, with ample time for contributions from the floor. - See more at: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2014/sessions/2014-04-02/british-council-signature-event-english-medium-instruction-cure-or-curse#sthash.rtXIfbLV.dpuf
Over 1,000 people have apparently registered for Macmillan Education's 'Drama in the Young Learner Classroom' webinar with Jeanne Perrett on Wednesday 12th of February. If you're doing the Young Learners module, you might find this useful and interesting to be part of.
If you've got 10 minutes, you can learn the history of English — including some interesting background on where specific words and phrases came from.
Steve Kirk's insight:
An animated history of the English language - from the Open University. A fast-paced, humorous overview of the developing flavour of English over the ages. Sounds like the voice of comedian and TV host Clive Anderson.
Hear about the conception and development of the Demand High ELT 'meme' straight from Jim Scrivener. He's right about the way EFL has perfected the procedural, the 'how' of classroom management and materials delivery. He and Adrian Underhill's call for practice that moves a little more from 'learner centred' to 'learning centred' is long long overdue in the EFL world.
What Should Every ESL Teacher Know? Fee online e-book by Paul Nation. If you know your vocabulary, you'll know Paul Nation is big in the World of Words. See what he has to say about essential knowledge and skills for the ELT professional.
Is it a new Movement? Is it a Method? Is it a Meme? Demand High ELT is the latest project from Messrs Scrivener (Jim) and Underhill (Adrian) - and is creating interesting discussions - both on their dedicated website and on Twitter. It's all about tweaks to ELT practice that help to ensure we get the best from our students...and thus that they get the best from us as teachers. Take a look.
Macmillan's online conference (Nov 2012) is now available onlne. Presentation slides available on many talks and video clips and full presentations available for some. Includes Carol Read on young learners, Adrian Underhill on pronunciation and Scott Thornbury on grammar.
If you're interested in using quality video talks in teaching, take a look at this intro to TED-Ed. This looks like an incredible (and free) resource to create teaching and assessment items around any TED talk. You can also use the 'flip' feature to pull in any Youtube clip and create learning material from this.
The latest edition of International House's online journal is now available. Some interesting and accessible thoughts here on, among other things, NNS interactions and surviving your first year as a newly qualified EFL teacher.
Watch Robert Phillipson talk about ELT, its export and its relationship with language policy in countries such as Namibia. Linguistic imperialism revisited. One of many talks on Huw Jarvis's wonderful tesol academic site.
Multilingualism under threat from the 'superpowers' of ELT. 'Linguistic imperialism alive and kicking'.
For those of you on the ELT module, we've just been talking about World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca and Phillipson's charge of linguistic imperialism. A timely article in the Guardian, therefore - and by Robert Phillipson himself.
A recording of a British Council hosted webinar that took place recently on becoming an ELT materials writer. Watch again here (about an hour long). Sue Kay and Karen Spiller talking - and interacting with participant responses and questions. Looks good
Prof. Nina Spada, author of 'How Languages are Learned'' (2013 - 4th edition), talks here for @TESOLacademic (@Huw Jarvis) on CLT and form-focused instruction. The talk relates to her 2011 plenary "Beyond form-focused instruction: Reflections on past, present and future research". Links to this and to more on Nina Spada are here: http://www.tesolacademic.org/keynotes1113.htm#921914519
A week-long online conference, taking place rom Monday 11 - Friday 15 November. Talks range from ideas for young learners and teens, to exam skills and business English. Several famous names you will recognise. See the programme of events here:
Watch examples of Demand High tweaks to teaching from Adrian Underhill. As you might expect, he focuses on pronunciation work, but the demand high idea can be applied to all aspects of our teaching. See their website for more: http://demandhighelt.wordpress.com/
This free-to-download ELT research report examines teachers' beliefs and practice surrounding learners' own-language use in the EFL classroom. Hall & Cook use the term 'own language' to distinguish from the slightly problematic 'L1' and 'mother tongue', which they see as inaccurately labelling the language that learners may draw on in preparing for and engaging in tasks in the EFL classroom. This is an increasingly talked-about area and this looks like a valuable contribution to the conversation.
Creating and sharing clips allows learners to assess their own speaking
Steve Kirk's insight:
Russell Stannard writing in the Guardian on free, web-based voice recording tools. These are things we should be thinking about and exploring as language teachers. What applications do you see for the teaching contexts you are most familiar with?
Zoltan Dornyei, most famous for his work on motivation and EFL students, gives a masterclass here on designing questionnaires for second language learning and teaching related research. For those of you doing empirical research projects on modules and for your TESOL dissertations, this might be useful for you. The session has been divided into 6 bite-size video clips. Take a look.
Read Penny Ur in the Guardian - on taking TESOL academic research with caution. We have talked about 'the duty of doubt' in approaching reading and published findings. Penny talks about something similar. We need to make the research matter to us, as teachers...
Another wonderful post from Scott Thornbury. For those of you who are already teachers, Scott's description of the 'non-linear' reality of teaching and learning life will bring a knowing smile. For anyone looking at textbooks in a dissertation, the linear, modernist mainstream vs. the postmodern, context dependent reality is essential thinking. Those of you on my Discourse module will recognise the Michael Breen references and the discussion of the culture of the classroom.
You may not be able to make IATEFL in person, but lots of talks, interviews and chats will be available online - and all for free. Watch Adrian Underhill's plenary and, no doubt, many other top-quality presentations from the comfort of home :-)