9.30am Opening and welcome
9.45am The Centre for Teaching Excellence in Language Learning (CTELL)
Dr Emma Bentley (English Language Centre)
Prof Claire Taylor (Department of Modern Languages and Cultures)
10.00am Centre for Innovation in Education
CTELL and Curriculum 2021 / Strategy 2026
10.15am Do learners want to be 'centred'?
An overview of learner-centred education within communicative language teaching. Is putting the learner at the centre the greatest strength or the Achilles heel of language teaching? How do teachers and learners view 'learner-centredness'? This talk aims to leave you with more questions than answers!
10.45am Beyond the classroom: The importance of autonomy in language learning
Dr Ulrike Bavendiek
Languages can be learned both inside the classroom and out. I will argue that we should use some of our teaching time to equip our learners with the necessary strategies to direct their learning processes independently, to help them make the best of the ever increasing possibilities for language learning in informal spaces and new settings.
11.45am What do learners say? Successful spoken English and linguistic competence: lessons from a learner corpus
Dr Chris Jones
Linguistic competence is an important aspect of communicative ability but one which has often been researched through exploration of only native speaker conversations. This talk will offer a different perspective on such research by presenting some results from a corpus of successful (learner) spoken English at CEFR B1- C1 levels. It will firstly explore how learners at these different levels demonstrate linguistic competence and implications for language analysis and teaching will then be developed and discussed.
12.15pm Dogme ELT and Teaching Unplugged
In March 2000, Scott Thornbury called for ELT practitioners to sign a vow of chastity. Five years later, he published his ten commandments. Eighteen years later, the voice in the wilderness has been deified; while the movement he started has become institutionalised and watered down. Sound familiar?
As we approach the twentieth anniversary of Dogme ELT, this session asks you to consider whether or not the time is right for Born Again Dogme.
12.45pm Smartphones, YouTube and learner-centred technique in ELT
Working with a distinction between the terms, ‘a pedagogy OF autonomy’ and a ‘pedagogy FOR autonomy’, this talk discusses students’ responses to the learner-centre used of technology in a general English class at upper –intermediate to advanced levels. The uses of technology I focus on are smartphone facilitated:
1. text-chat rehearsal as preparation for spoken fluency practice.
2. learner-controlled YouTube video viewing as preparation for spoken narration.
3. learner controlled audio recording and peer correction.
2.00pm Group work
This is a networking opportunity to share our teaching strengths and identify areas for further research.
3.00pm Keynote address: Scott Thornbury (this session will take place in the Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum)
Fossilization: is it terminal, doctor?
Based on his own experience of attempting to kick-start his fossilized Spanish, the speaker will look at the role of such factors as classroom instruction, extensive reading, vocabulary memorization and real language use as possible antidotes to 'arrested development' in a second language.