In an ideal language teaching world, there would be a virtuous circle of educational practice and educational research, such that research findings would guide classroom practice and classroom practice would guide research agendas. Yet this virtuous circle has proved very hard to establish; indeed, it is often noted that teachers and researchers tend to follow separate paths, and even to inhabit separate worlds. This talk will explore how this unfortunate situation might have come about and how it might be remedied to the benefit of both sides.
6pm – 6.30pm Welcome
6.30pm – 7.30pm Presentation
7.30pm – 8.30pm Reception
About Pauline Foster
Dr Pauline Foster taught English as a Foreign Language in the USA, Japan and the UK before following a research career in language acquisition. Her particular focus is on interactive and task-based approaches to classroom language teaching. She is Professor of Applied Linguistics at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.