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.



SMRT Curriculum: Theory and Practice

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The landscape of ESL teaching has changed dramatically over the past 5 years or so, and CCEL is in the forefront of this exciting change in the way students are learning.

The following document will clearly lay out the theoretical foundations of the Smrt curriculum, discussing elements of classroom teaching and the rationale of mixing traditional teacher-student instruction with a technologically blended form of classroom learning.

Smrt Curriculum: Theory and Practice

Social Networking and ELT

social mediaSocial networking helps students get more English practice, make English-speaking friends, and find better jobs in the future. But is there any evidence that social networking improves the learning process? Yes! Research indicates that social networking provides five key benefits to ELT learners such as building more meaningful communities and personalizing the learning process.

This session provides an overview of the research and suggests practical ways instructors can incorporate social media lessons into their teaching.


A beginner’s guide to mobile learning in ELT: Amy Lightfoot

In this practical seminar Amy Lightfoot explores the current opportunities for learning English using mobile phones both in and out of the classroom. She debates the pros and cons of this medium and looks at a variety of content that is currently available. She shares her experiences of creating some of this content, and discusses the early outcomes of these projects. Amy also considers the educational implications of widespread mobile phone availability, particularly in developing countries.


Using social networks and media to support professional development

Many teachers have found that social networks and media can provide valuable support for their continuing professional development. However, knowing where to start can be a problem. Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere aren’t always easy places to move in and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the multitude of posts that appear and disappear in rapid succession. How can we make sense of them and identify the people we can most learn from? How do we set ourselves goals and keep track of where we’re going?

Social networks and PD



Why I Hate School But Love Education

English rapper-poet Suli Breaks is out with a video that’s taking the Internet by storm, and young people are loving it.

“Why I Hate School But Love Education” has received nearly half a million views since it was posted to YouTube on Sunday. The young, educated artist takes a strong stance on schooling, urging the world’s youth to “understand your motives and reassess your aims.”

“Redefine how you view education, understand its true meaning,” Suli Breaks says. “Education is not just about regurgitating facts from a book on someone else’s opinion on a subject to pass an exam. Look at it. Picasso was educated in creating art. Shakespeare was educated in the art of all that was written. Colonel Harland Sanders was educated in the art of creating Kentucky fried chicken.”