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Cans of Worms and Rotten Parsnips: My IATEFL 2017 presentation

April 7, 2017

If you click the link below you should be able to download a version of the presentation I gave at IATEFL on 6th April 2017 in Glasgow. This version includes the powerpoint slides I used with an accompanying audio recording. As usual, I’d be happy to receive comments below.

IATEFL 2017 presentation with audio

  1. michaelmcshane1971 permalink

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for this.

    I’ll get the video off this phone and get it to you. It may be on a stick though, after the hols.

    ATB, Mick

  2. Anne Carmichael permalink

    Yes, very commercial, almost all of which I managed to avoid in the exhibition. In fact the best chat I had was at the Glasgow City College desk! The timing is not great for Scottish teachers to be released to attend, which is a pity, so I hope schools and colleges will be using the online videos for CPD in the weeks to come.
    Regarding the Parsnips, it was great to hear a bit of real controversy from you, and necessary not to shut this type of discussion down. I suspect that such topics are sometimes raised more often than we might think in classes. Possibly also in the canteens after lessons. Giving students a voice – cans of worms, yes, but necessary. I remember talking about the Palestinian problems with some passionate young lads many years ago. Next thing, I was receiving pamphlets from the PLO with awful photos of atrocities which I had to hide from my then young children! They only stopped coming when the PLO headquarters were blown up. I’ve never tried to go to Israel, but do wonder if I’m on a blacklist somewhere.
    I took some photos of the audience at your talk, which was very well attended – people standing and sitting on the floor! I’ll forward them when I can find your email address.

  3. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Paloma Arredondo permalink

    Hi Steve,

    I absolutely loved your talk on this subject and as such you have inspired me to write my Diploma assignment on it. I wondered if you could point me in the right direction for materials that used for research?

    Thanks a lot

    • Hi Paloma,
      I’m glad you enjoyed this talk, and I hope your diploma assignment goes well. There is a slide at the end of my talk with a list of references, but I would also recommend the following:
      1. Anything by Alistair Pennycook. ‘The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language’ (Routledge) is very informative.
      2. Robert Phillipson’s ‘Linguistic Imperialism’ is pretty old now but it quite effectively presents the argument that English has been used by English-speaking nations to impose their power on other nations.
      3. More recently though, the issues are less about nations using English to exert their power and more about global corporations using English as a lingua franca. So we’re talking here about Globalisation and Neoliberalism. David Block has done a lot of really interesting work in this area, so anything by him is good. He and Deborah Cameron edited a book called “Globalization and Language Teaching” (Routledge 2002) which has an excellent chapter by John Gray on global coursebooks, but the other chapters are also interesting. More recently, Block, Gray and Marnie Holborow have written a book called “Neoliberalism and Applied Linguistics” (Routledge 2012) which exposes some really quite sinister aspects of English Language Teaching.
      4. Mike Long’s
      5. Of course, Paolo Freire’s ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’ is a seminal and hugely influential book, so if you haven’t read that yet then I strongly recommend it. For further reading into critical pedagogy I’d recommend Henry Giroux’s ‘On Critical Pedagogy’ (Bloomsbury 2011) and Allman’s ‘Critical Education Against Global Capitalism’ (Sense 2010).
      I hope this is helpful, and good luck with your assignment.
      I will also be discussing similar themes at this years IATEFL conference in Brighton – maybe see you there?

  5. Sorry, number 4 above is incomplete – Mike Long’s ‘Second Language Acquisition and Task-Based Language Teaching’ (Wiley 2015) dispels any notion that linear, atomstic approaches to learning are any good.

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