In this interview,  Elka Todeva suggests that for too long we have been discussing language and teacher education in deficit terms, as challenges to be overcome through better teaching and training. Her talk explores reframing models of teaching and teacher education where teachers and learners are seen as resources with valuable linguistic and cultural knowledge, which, if artfully tapped, leads to expedited, congenial, socially embedded learning that benefits individuals and their communities and fosters important competences for today’s globalised world.

During her talk, Elka suggests that for too long we have been discussing language and teacher education in deficit terms, as challenges to be overcome through better teaching and training. Her talk explores reframing models of teaching and teacher education where teachers and learners are seen as resources with valuable linguistic and cultural knowledge, which, if artfully tapped, leads to expedited, congenial, socially embedded learning that benefits individuals and their communities and fosters important competences for today’s globalised world.

The recording of this talk will be available soon

Your professional development: With each interview, we are asking our viewers to think about their own professional development. Below is a question for you to think about and answer. You can use these questions as a basis for discussion with colleagues or add a comment below.

For discussion: Elka talks about using ‘iterations’ of activities in place of straight repetition. She gives the example of asking students to tell them same story three times, with three different time limits and to three different people. Can you think of a similar way you can adapt an activity to make it iterative to give the students further practice of the target language?

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