ETAL seminars and conferences

Details of Edinburgh TESOL and Applied Language (ETAL) seminars and conferences.

2019 Seminar Series

Date Venue/Time Speaker(s)/Uni Presentation
27 Feb 2019 MHSE

Samaneh Zandian

University of Edinburgh

Children's Perceptions of Cross-cultural Encounters
13 Mar 2019 PL 1.26/6pm

Andrew Drybrough

University of Edinburgh

Reflections on a PhD story so far

Writing a PhD has often been compared to writing a story. In this presentation I will talk about the PhD as a story, or rather I will present it in the form of a number of stories which include reflections based on my own experience on ideas such as: ‘serendipitous moments and plot turns’, ‘stories behind stories’, ‘stories within stories’ and the ‘story climax’.

10 Apr 2019 PL1.26/5:30pm

Adrian Blackledge & Angela Creese

University of Stirling

Translanguaging as pedagogy in and beyond the classroom

This presentation reports outcomes of a research project which investigates the implications of everyday communicative practice for pedagogy in language education. The Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project, ‘Translation and Translanguaging’, generates new knowledge about how people communicate in super diverse cities. The research team conducted detailed linguistic ethnographic studies in sixteen public settings across four cities, and built up a comprehensive account of the means by which people make meaning in migration and post-migration contexts. Research sites included a busy city market, cosmopolitan corner shops, public libraries, community centres, advice and advocacy offices, and sports clubs. Over two years researchers wrote field notes, audio-recorded and video-recorded participants in interaction, took photographs, collected digital and online posts, conducted interviews, and made recordings in domestic and social settings. Analysis of data demonstrated that when people bring into interaction different biographies, histories, and trajectories, they often ‘translanguage’. That is, they deploy whatever resources are available to them in that time and space, making the most of their communicative repertoires. Translanguaging as pedagogy has the potential to be transformative, removing the hierarchy of practice that deems some languages and varieties to be more valuable than others. A translanguaging pedagogy enables learning through the communicative practices with which students routinely succeed. In this presentation examples of encounters between people in migration settings illustrate and exemplify translanguaging in practice. In these encounters people learn to live with difference and change, making social and linguistic diversity a resource for learning.

24 Apr 2019 -

Katerina Strani

Heriot-Watt University

2 Oct 2019 - Speaker: TBC  
16 Oct 2019 -

Li Wei

University College London

13 Nov 2019 -

Yongcan Liu

University of Cambridge

27 Nov 2019 - Speaker: TBC  


Examples of ETAL's past events

EELC Conference 2018 - Edinburgh | Linguistic Ethnography in a Changing World | 20-21 Sept

EELC Conference 2018 will bring together researchers from around the world, to share research around ethnography, language and communication. The conference title is ‘Linguistic Ethnography in a Changing World’ – asking how LE might contribute to public and scholarly debate.

Keynote Speakers: Plenary: Dr Deborah Swinglehurst and Jürgen Jaspers

Workshops: Digital Ethnography Workshop: Professor Rodney Jones, Multimodal Interaction Workshop: Dr Jeff Bezemer

Date: Thursday 20 - Friday 21 September 2018

Venue: Holyrood Campus

SATEAL Conference 2018 | 17 March 2018

The annual conference of the Scottish Association for Teachers of EAL (SATEAL) 

Speakers/Workshops:  Opening remarks from Dr Andy Hancock followed by a series of workshops

Date/Time:  Sat 17 March 2018

Venue: Outreach Centre, Holyrood Road

Edinburgh TESOL and Applied Language (ETAL) Seminar Series | Jan - Mar 2018

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