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Talk on 'Argumentation in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching'
Date: 10 April 2010 Time: 5.50-6.35 pm
Venue: 44th International IATEFL Conference, Harrogate
Talk abstract: The professional discourse of ELT is increasingly dominated by the viewpoint of Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (ALLT). From this perspective, the kind of thinking and pedagogical practices that are widespread throughout the ELT world are seen as insufficiently theorised and lacking empirical support. However, this paper attempts to show that a good deal of the argumentation employed by ALLT to promote such views is fundamentally flawed. Frequent among its failings are seen to be i) absence of 'fit' between its main teaching 'model' and the way that much of the ELT world is configured; ii) false dichotomising, based on an unjustified bias in favour of certain forms of pedagogy; iii) unwillingness to acknowledge and respect difference, leading to a failure to give due weight to, e.g., the non-native speaker teacher 'voice'; and iv) use of 'post-colonial guilt' as a rationale for intellectual 'neo-colonialism'. The paper concludes by also briefly considering how argumentation in ALLT might be put on a sounder footing.
Who can attend: Anyone
Organising departments and research centres: Linguistics and English Language
Keywords: Applied linguistics, Language teaching methodology, Language teaching research
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