Current issues in English Language Teaching

This programme is intended for EFL teachers and teacher trainees interested in the theoretical background to classroom practice.

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Course details

Course dates
Not available in 2013. Please enquire at a later date for 2014.
Course price
Not available in 2013.
Class size
Maximum 20 participants
Language level
Upper intermediate and above
Participants and entry requirements
This course is intended for experienced (at least two years) language teachers or teacher trainers who have an interest in theoretical issues informing good classroom practice. It is open to both native and non-native speakers of English but requires an advanced or very good upper intermediate level of English proficiency.


Course description

The course aims to increase awareness of issues relevant to language teaching which are currently in debate amongst second language acquisition researchers, applied linguists and practitioners in the field of ELT, and to provide opportunities for participants to discuss the implications of these issues for their own classroom practice. Topics which will be covered include:

  • The status of native-speaker English versus English as a lingua franca
  • The place in English Language Teaching of 'real' language e.g. derived from use of corpara
  • Use of language in different discourse contexts (General English, English for Specific Purposes, English for Academic Purposes)
  • The post-method era
  • Focus on Form versus Focus on Forms
  • How to promote noticing and feedback
  • Cross-cultural issues in English Language Teaching
  • The implications of new technologies for classroom practice and course design


The course includes short lectures, pair and group discussion of lecture input and illustrations, and exchange of participants' views based on their own teaching experience.

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