A Short History of ELT

englishThis talk provides an informative overview of ELT history which counteracts some common myths and raises issues for critical reflection. The following questions are considered:

How can ELT be defined?
When did it begin?
What predated it?
What people, institutions, ideas and practices have made up ELT?
What has changed, and what has not changed in ELT methodology?
Dr Richard Smith is an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. He is a leading authority on the 19th-20th century history of language teaching and is the founder and director of the ELT Archive. Richard also has particular interests in learner/teacher autonomy; teaching in ‘difficult circumstances’; and engaging and supporting teachers in/with ELT research.