Research SIG
Pre-Conference Event
Researching ELT History: a hands-on workshop

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.

Workshop leaders:
Richard Smith is a Reader in ELT & Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. His recent articles include ‘Building applied linguistic historiography’ (Applied Linguistics) and, with A.P.R. Howatt, ‘The history of teaching English as a foreign language, from a British and European perspective’ (Language and History). He recently completed a history of IATEFL with Shelagh Rixon (to be published in 2017 to mark IATEFL's 50th anniversary). 
Friederike Klippel held the Chair of English Language Education (ELT/TESOL) at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich from 1994 to 2015. In the academic year 2016-17 she is guest professor for TEFL at the University of Vienna. Her many publications include Keep Talking (CUP) and a comprehensive historical study of learning and teaching English in 18th and 19th century Germany (Englischlernen im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert. Die Geschichte der Lehrb├╝cher und Unterrichtsmethoden. M├╝nster: Nodus, 1994).

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