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

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.



Submitted by Melaniegraves43 on Sun, 08/09/2020 - 18:04


Thank you Graham Hall for such an insightful and educational webinar! I was wondering if the powerpoint slides will be uploaded here?




Submitted by ellenpd on Tue, 08/25/2020 - 10:00

In reply to by Melaniegraves43

Hello Melanie,

We are glad you found the webinar insightful. I'm afraid the slides are not available for download.

Best wishes,

TeachingEnglish Team

Hi Deborah

You should be able to see the embedded video recording of this webinar on this page. You might be having problems if you are connecting with a mobile phone.  Can you make sure you are connected using a computer or laptop, and maybe change browser?



TE Team

Submitted by Lugolinski on Fri, 06/19/2020 - 01:50

Dear presenter,

Firstly, I would like to thank you for this brilliant presentation. 

Secondly, I would like to ask you if you could make the slides available for downloads. 

Thank you an advance for your time and consideration.

Warmest regards,


Submitted by Reda -11 on Thu, 06/04/2020 - 02:26

Would like to know about  next event 

Thanks for everything 

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Thu, 06/04/2020 - 10:28

In reply to by Reda -11


You can find out about upcoming webinars on our news page here: https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/news-events/webinars

Webinars are also announced on our homepage.



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