Marking IATEFL's 50th anniversary in 2017, this one-day event aims to show how uncovering ELT history can provide useful new perspectives, both for our own professional practice and for the field more generally.
From an initial focus on participants' language learning and professional histories, we will consider broader historical findings in order to better situate ourselves as individuals and as a profession. On this basis, we will consider historiographical issues relating to the fallibility of memory and 'folk memory' and the reliability or otherwise of different kinds of secondary and primary sources.
There will be input on and practice in historical methods, with a particular focus on hands-on activities relating to oral history, textbook history and use of documents. The day-long workshop will be of interest and use to practising teachers and teacher educators as well as to students currently researching their own topics, historical or otherwise.