This one-day event aimed to show how uncovering ELT history can provide useful new perspectives, both for our own professional practice and for the field more generally.
From an initial focus on participants' language learning and professional histories, we considered broader historical findings in order to better situate ourselves as individuals and as a profession. On this basis, we considered historiographical issues relating to the fallibility of memory and 'folk memory' and the reliability or otherwise of different kinds of secondary and primary sources.
There was input on and practice in historical methods, with a particular focus on hands-on activities relating to oral history, textbook history and use of documents. The day-long workshop (led by Richard Smith and Friederike Klippel) was intended to be of interest and use to practising teachers and teacher educators as well as to students currently researching their own topics, historical or otherwise.
Timetable and other information for participants
About the workshop leaders:
Richard Smith is a Reader in ELT & Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, where he teaches and supervises MA and PhD students. He founded the Warwick ELT Archive in 2002 and has published widely in the field of history of language learning and teaching, besides other areas. He was the coordinator of IATEFL Research SIG from 2011 to 2015 and is a founder and co-convenor of the AILA Research Network on History of Language Learning and Teaching (http://hollt.net). His recent articles include ‘Building applied linguistic historiography’ (Applied Linguistics) and, with A.P.R. Howatt, ‘The history of teaching English as a foreign language, from a British and European perspective’ (Language and History). He recently completed a history of IATEFL with Shelagh Rixon (to be published in 2017 to mark IATEFL's 50th anniversary) and he is currently working on a history of the 19th century Reform Movement with Friederike Klippel.
Friederike Klippel held the Chair of English Language Education (ELT/TESOL) at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich from 1994 to 2015 after her PhD (1979) and her postdoc degree (1992) at Dortmund University (Germany). In the academic year 2016-17 she is guest professor for TEFL at the University of Vienna. She has published on a wide range of aspects concerning English language teaching and language teacher education. Her research areas comprise the history of language teaching and learning, language teaching methodology, classroom research, intercultural education, teacher education and professional development. Her many publications include Keep Talking (CUP) and a comprehensive historical study of learning and teaching English in 18th and 19th century Germany (Englischlernen im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert. Die Geschichte der Lehrbücher und Unterrichtsmethoden. Münster: Nodus, 1994).