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.


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


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

In reply to by adrysolcabrera


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.

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