In two weeks from today, 4 July 2018, the 11th annual conference of English as a Lingua Franca will take place in London, UK.
We’re very excited to announce that the conference schedule is now live! And perhaps even more excited about Day 1, because for the first time ever, the conference will launch with a day devoted entirely to the pedagogy of ELF.
We’ll also start and finish Day 1 with an innovative “plenary panel”, in which 5 different speakers will share their insights and their reflections on the day, as well as commenting on possible directions for the future. Each speaker will represent a different perspective on teaching and learning English for lingua franca communication. In alphabetical order by speaker, these are:
- Lewis Lansford: ELT materials writing
- Laura Patsko: teacher training
- Gonzalo Pérez: teacher education
- Inmaculada Pineda: materials and course design
- Robin Walker: pronunciation and listening skills
You have until Wednesday 27 June 2018 to register to attend the conference. What a fantastic opportunity to cross the bridge between research and practice – in a city which is “widely recognised as the most multilingual city in the world” (Graddol, 2006:28) and with some of the world’s foremost researchers and practitioners in the field of ELF pedagogy.
We’re looking forward to it very much and hope to see you there!
Graddol, D. (2006). English Next: Why global English may mean the end of ‘English as a Foreign Language’. Published online by the British Council.