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ELT Research across fracture lines: Themes and methods for difficult times and under travel constraints
About the webinar
Drawing on the insights of contributors to the British Council’s edited volume on English across the fracture lines, this webinar will focus on possible themes and methods for researching (English) language use and (English) language education in times of restricted travel and insecurity due to political, environmental and/or health emergencies. It will explore various methodological alternatives and ethical guidelines for conducting research in such contexts. The webinar will highlight in particular the potential of such research to mediate people’s hardship, to create hope in situations of deprivation and despair, and to promote moments of connection and kindness in a world so in need of tolerance and empathy.
This is the third in a series of twelve webinars by winners of the British Council's English Language Teaching Research Awards (ELTRAs). See recordings of other webinars in the ELTRA series below:
- Creative activities for Language Learners at home (recorded on 6 May 2020)
- Own-language use in the language classroom: why, when, and how? (recorded on 3 June 2020)
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About the speakers
Elizabeth J. Erling has been involved in international language teaching and teacher education initiatives and research for over 20 years. She currently holds a Professorship in English language teaching research and methodology at the University of Graz, Austria. She was the editor of the British Council’s edited volume on English across the fracture lines.
Maria Grazia Imperiale is a Teaching Fellow in Education at the University of Edinburgh (Moray School of Education). She obtained her PhD from the University of Glasgow, with a thesis entitled 'Developing Language Education in the Gaza Strip: Pedagogies of Capability and Resistance. She has worked on several research projects focusing on language education in difficult circumstances. She has cooperated with the British Council Ethiopia English for Resilience project.
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