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Own-language use in the language classroom: why, when, and how?

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Watch a recording of our latest webinar exploring the ways in which use of the learners' own language(s) can support learning in the classroom - both face-to-face and online.

About the webinar

This workshop explores the ways in which use of the learners' own language(s) can support learning in the classroom - both face-to-face, and, of course, online!

Examining when and how own-language use by teachers or learners might be helpful, you will reflect on your own attitudes to own-language use, examine possible alternatives to your current approach, and consider how far they are appropriate for your own context. We will look at how teachers might use the learners’ own language in class, and explore own-language practices, tasks and activities that learners might usefully engage in.

Date: 03 June 2020 

Watch a recording of the webinar below

About the speaker

Graham Hall is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics/TESOL at Northumbria University, UK. He is author of Exploring English Language Teaching: Language in action (2011; 2nd edition 2017) which was winner of the 2012 British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) book prize. He was editor of The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching (2016), and editor of ELT Journal from 2013-17. His professional and research interests range from classroom discourse and methodology to teacher research to the cultural politics of TESOL.


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How to watch the webinar

Our webinars are free.

They take place in Microsoft Teams Live Events. You do not need any special equipment to watch the webinars apart from a computer with the audio on. 

Instructions for watching the webinar

1. When you click the link to join, you will be given three different options:

  • Option 1: If you already have the Microsoft Teams desktop application installed, you will be asked if you want to open this. 
  • Option 2: If you don't have the Microsoft Teams desktop application, you will be invited to download it.
  • Option 3: You will be asked if you want to 'watch on the web instead'.

    Choose either option 1 (only if you already have the desktop application installed) or option 3: 'watch on the web instead'.

2. You will be asked to either 'sign in' or 'enter anonymously'. Choose 'enter anonymously'.


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Webinar recordings

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Certificates of attendance are available for all attendees. The link to obtain your certificate is provided in the following places:

  • At the end of the webinar in the chat box
  • In the 'Thank you for attending email' that you will receive 1 day after the webinar.
  • At the end of the feedback survey once you have answered the questions.
  • You should type your name on the certificate and download it. We recommend using Google Chrome or Internet Explorer to do this.
Copies of the presentations

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