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Looking back to look ahead: Language teaching experiences during COVID-19
About the talk
The rapid transition from face-to-face to alternative ways of instruction has significantly disrupted all sectors of education including English Language Teaching. While this disruption has exposed existing gaps and inequalities, it has also revealed extraordinary educational resilience and resourcefulness.
Drawing on a large-scale study on language teaching experiences during COVID-19, this session will offer in-depth insights into language professionals’ perceptions, experiences, challenges, and opportunities as instruction shifted from face-to-face delivery to online. More importantly, it will look ahead and discuss how these positive and negative experiences can inform future decision-making, planning and strategy.
As the findings relate specifically to teaching languages remotely, this session is relevant to language professionals (teachers, trainers, managers and policy makers) who are interested in sustaining transformative change; not just as an emergency response but as a way of moving the educational experience forward.
Recorded on 5 October 2021
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About the speaker
Sophia Mavridi is a digital learning specialist and lecturer in English Language Teaching at De Montfort University (UK). Her research focuses on online learning and the increasingly important role of digital literacies in language education. Sophia supports institutions and teachers to integrate technology in a pedagogically sound way and has trained for major organisations around the world. Her latest publications are Language Teaching Experiences During COVID-19 (2021), English for 21st Century Skills (2020) and Digital Innovations and Research in Language Learning (2020), all of which reflect her keen interest in innovative pedagogies in language education. Find out more about her at Digital Pedagogy.