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Talk on '(Ir)relevance in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching'

Date: 16 February 2011 Time: 16.00-18.00 pm

Venue: School of English, University of Liverpool

It is argued that the dominant pedagogic model in current applied linguistics for language teaching (ALLT) is largely the product of socio-culturally-biased academic ideology. As a result, methods of language teaching and learning are promoted which are inappropriate to the majority of ELT settings around the world. On the other hand, a sound pedagogic rationale can be seen to exist for much of 'mainstream' ELT practice. However, the 'standard' ELT approach is also inevitably prone to the defects of its qualities. It is therefore also argued that, by adopting a much more 'bottom-up', 'integrative' innovation strategy, ALLT might contribute a good deal more relevantly to the realisation of the potential for further development within conventional ELT practice. A 'worked example' is provided of how this can be done.


Who can attend: Internal


Further information

Associated staff: Alan Waters

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Research in Language Education (CRILE), Linguistics and English Language


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