Main presenters: Dick Allwright with Judith Hanks and Assia Slimani-Rolls, plus Yasmin Dar, Simon Gieve and Ana Ines Salvi
Location: Leicester, England
(Online registration deadline - 29 June 2012)
Full Title: Exploratory Practice: Using class time to help teachers and learners develop as practitioners of teaching and learning
This practical workshop will be of particular interest to any teachers who would like both themselves and their learners to better understand their learning and teaching lives together.
Format: One-day workshop consisting of input and both presenter-led and participant-led discussions, all related to a number of group tasks.
Presenters: Dick Allwright, (Lancaster University, retired) with Judith Hanks (Leeds University) and Assia Slimani-Rolls (Regent’s College London), plus Yasmin Dar (Leicester University), Simon Gieve (Leicester University) and Ana Inés Salvi (Warwick University)
Imagine a large room with 200 schoolchildren and 50 teachers presenting their understandings of their learning and teaching lives to each other on posters that they have prepared as an integral part of their learning and teaching practices. This is the sort of thing that happens at the annual ‘EP Events’ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
‘EP’ stands for ‘Exploratory Practice’, a fully inclusive approach to practitioner research, with learners and teachers, as practitioners of learning and teaching, adopting the role of practitioner researchers as their normal way of using classroom time. Using standard classroom pedagogic practices they develop their own understandings of their learning and teaching lives.
This whole-day workshop will begin with:
- a closer look at these ‘EP Events’ in Brazil: What happens? How do they work? Could such ‘EP Events’ happen here? How might that work?
- a dialogue with Dick Allwright about the origins and nature of EP
- an investigation of the challenges for practitioners of implementing Exploratory Practice in an EAP context in Leeds, and the relationships between the principles and practices of EP (Judith Hanks)
- the use of EP as a theoretical framework for the development of a postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching in higher education with a focus on teaching international students in London (Assia Slimani-Rolls)
- other case studies of EP work based at the Universities of Leicester and Warwick will also be included.
Details of main presenters:
Dick Allwright taught at Essex University, where he pioneered language classroom research, before he moved to Lancaster University in 1978. There, his interest in classroom research shifted towards research as a contribution to teacher, and learner, development , via the notion of ‘Exploratory Practice’. Retired since 2003, he is still actively pursuing his interest in teacher and learner development.
Judith Hanks has been teaching English since1987 in Italy, Singapore, at IH London, Lancaster University and (currently) the University of Leeds. She became interested in Exploratory Practice in 1997 and became a core member of the EP Group in Lancaster. She is co-author of The Developing Language Learner (Palgrave Macmillan), with Dick Allwright.
Assia Slimani-Rolls researched the relationship between learning opportunities and learning outcomes for her PhD at Lancaster under Dick Allwright’s supervision. Her interests have more recently shifted towards teacher and learner development via EP. She is currently responsible for developing and co-ordinating the learning and teaching agenda across the Faculty of Business and Management in Regent’s College London.
Location / car parking
The event will be held in the Musuem Studies Building (19 University Road - see map), near the top of New Walk, at the west end of University Road. To get there, exit Leicester Station and turn left up London Road and walk up the hill. Cross over to the east side of London Road (the right hand side as you walk uphill) at one of the light-controlled pedestrian crossings. Turn left into University Road at the traffic lights, and left again into the venue site. It is not more than 15 minutes walk from Leicester Station up to the venue.
It will be possible to make use of School of Education car parking (1) beside the Fraser Noble Hall, accessed from University Road; (2) in front of the Museum Studies building, accessed from University Road; (3) to the rear of the Museum Studies building, accessed from Princess Road East.There is also public pay-and-display parking on Victoria Park, accessed from Granville Road.
Tea/coffee and lunch are provided, included in the registration fee.