Researching Professional Talk (Pre-Conference Event)
Date: 8 April 2013
Presenters: Steve Walsh (Newcastle University) and Steve Mann (Warwick University)
Location: Liverpool, UK
This workshop will examine a range of approaches to collecting and using spoken data as a means of improving professional practice. The focus will be on helping participants to become active reflective practitioners and researchers of their own contexts. There will be an emphasis on data-led approaches which highlight the importance of dialogue and collaboration, our main argument being that most professional activities (including teaching and teacher education) are accomplished through talk. By studying the ways in which we interact, we can gain closer insights into professional practices and professional development.
In the session, we’ll be demonstrating how, by using appropriate tools, classroom data, introspection and some kind of dialogue, practitioners can both improve their practices and make their teaching more enjoyable. By using actual data as empirical evidence and by focusing on the interactions which take place in any professional setting, we suggest how we might create active, engaged learning environments. We will cover a variety of contexts, including both language teaching and teacher-training perspectives.
The session will cover:
The approach will be very ‘hands-on’ and we’ll be making extensive use of audio and videotaped materials in addition to a range of ‘tools’ specifically designed for class-based research.
Steve Walsh is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University, and is author of Exploring Classroom Discourse: Language in Action (Routledge, 2011). His book Teacher Development and Classroom Interaction is due to be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2012.
Steve Mann is an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, and is author of Teacher Development: A Discourse for Individual and Group Development (VDM Verlag, 2011). He has previously taught at both Aston University and the University of Birmingham, as well as in Hong Kong, Japan and Europe.
How to Combine Teaching and Researching: Focus on Learners and Classroom Language Learning (Pre-Conference Event)
Date: 19 March 2012 (10am to 5pm)
Presenters: Ema Ushioda (University of Warwick), Richard Smith (University of Warwick) and Sarah Mercer (University of Graz).
Location: Glasgow, UK.
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Our 2012 PCE explored how teaching and researching can interact with one another in fruitful ways, and discussed practicable methods that teachers may like to consider using for research in their own classrooms.
This was the first in a planned series of Research SIG events on Teaching-and-Researching. This was intended to be a practical workshop designed for teachers who are thinking of doing classroom research (for whatever reason), of interest also to postgraduate students who are planning to combine teaching and researching roles.
Through a combination of input, discussion and hands-on tasks, we considered the following:
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