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Friday 5 April

Methodology, mythology and the language of education technology

with Lindsay Clandfield

Education is broken. Classrooms haven’t changed in hundreds of years. Robots are coming for our jobs. We don’t need teachers. Our learners are 21st century learners. Innovation and disruption. Adapt or die. One of the most interesting aspects of digital education is the nature of the discourse that surrounds it. The way people often talk about the idea of digital education can have an impact on the way we do it. In this plenary I’d like us to critically examine some of this language as it has come into the field of English language teaching over the past 20 years. We’ll explore key words being used to describe some EdTech developments (words like interactive, personalisation, gamification and disruptive to name but a few) and the stories that surround these words. I’d also like to question what happens when the more recent popular stories about education technology collide with older narratives we’ve been telling about ELT.

Lindsay Clandfield
Lindsay Clandfield is an award-winning writer, teacher, teacher trainer and international speaker in the field of English language teaching. He has written more than ten coursebooks and is the main author of the new young adult course Studio (Helbling Languages). His other courses include Global and Straightforward (Macmillan). Lindsay is the series editor of the Delta Teacher Development books and has co-written various methodology books for teachers, notably Dealing with Difficulties and Teaching Online (Delta Publishing). His most recent methodology book was Interaction Online (CUP) which he co-wrote with Jill Hadfield. Lindsay is also the creative force behind various web projects including the popular blog Six Things, the e-publishing collective The Round and the sci-fi/adventure materials website Extreme Language Teaching. You can find out more about him at his website www.lindsayclandfield.com.
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