A short history of ELT

This talk by Dr Richard Smith provides a fast-paced, informative chronology of ELT developments which counteracts some common myths and raises issues for critical reflection. June 2012, Cardiff.

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This talk provides an informative overview of ELT history which counteracts some common myths and raises issues for critical reflection. The following questions are considered:

  • How can ELT be defined?  
  • When did it begin?
  • What predated it?
  • What people, institutions, ideas and practices have made up ELT?
  • What has changed, and what has not changed in ELT methodology?

Dr Richard Smith is an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. He is a leading authority on the 19th-20th century history of language teaching and is the founder and director of the Warwick ELT Archive, https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/al/research/collections/elt_archive/. Richard also has particular interests in learner/teacher autonomy; teaching in ‘difficult circumstances’; and engaging and supporting teachers in/with ELT research.

Find out more at: www.warwick.ac.uk/go/richardcsmith

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Submitted by adrysolcabrera on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 04:23

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is there any posibility to download this video seminar? I´d like to show this to my students at profesorado de Ingles in Humahuaca, Argentina; but connection here is too slow, so it cuts every two minutes.

Submitted by Sally Trowbridge (not verified) on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 08:55

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Hi,
This video isn't downloadable I'm afraid. Would it help if you used a different brower? I've had this kind of problem with videos in class too. This isn't an ideal solution but maybe you could you use the pauses for discussion time.
Sally

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