Date: 29th November 2012

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Theme: As we walk down the memory lane of English language teaching, we can see a correlation between the trends in the most popular language acquisition theories of its time, and the application of such assumptions into the language classroom. Whether it be Krashen's 'affective filter' hypothesis translating into humanistic approaches, such as suggestopedia, or Searle's speech acts giving rise to the functional syllabus, practitioners have tried to apply theory to practice in a way that best helps learners to best acquire the language. But we don't always get it right.

Since the late 1960's, we've seen Hymes refute the focus on grammatical competence, highlighting instead the importance of communicative competence. We've had Michael Long talk about the role of interaction in language acquisition and we've heard variations on Ellis's proposition that teachers should not pre-determine the linguistic content of a lesson. We claim we've moved into a communicative era of language teaching, but how far are we really from the grammar syllabi of the 1950's.

About the speaker: Chia Suan Chong is a general and business English teacher and also runs teacher training courses such as the CELTA and the Cert IBET, in addition to cultural training courses. She is a regular conference presenter on topics such as English as a Lingua Franca, Dogme ELT, systemic functional grammar and intercultural pragmatics. She is passionate about languages - she currently speaks 5 - and is fascinated by the interplay between culture, communication, language and thought. Chia blogs regularly at 



Hi,There isn't a certificate for attending the webinar but we hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Sally

Hello! Do I have to sign up for the webinar to ''book'' a place as an attendee or do we all simply join you at the given time? Thank you!

We don´t need to register before the seminar, do we? ThanksDebbiePS. Can´t miss Chia!

It was interesting listening to you talking about the advantages of each of the approaches. What I found really helpful was the bit about role playing. I'm definitely going to do that in tomorrow's lesson. Looking forward to your next webinar!

Has this webinar been removed from the site? The link doesn’t seem to be working.
Thank you!

Hi Catee

I have tried it too and am having similar problems. I will investigate and get back to you.

Best wishes


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