LINGUIST List 26.1130

Fri Feb 27 2015

Confs: Applied Linguistics/UK

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 25-Feb-2015
From: Juup Stelma <>
Subject: Manchester Roundtable on Complexity Theory and ELT
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Manchester Roundtable on Complexity Theory and ELT

Date: 15-Apr-2015 - 15-Apr-2015
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact: Juup Stelma
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Complexity Theory is becoming an established perspective in the field of ELT. To date, Complexity Theory has been used to generate understandings of ELT, and has also served as a framework for empirical studies (most prominently studies of language learning and use in ELT situations). However, Complexity Theory has not yet been used to directly inform actual ELT practice and it will remain of limited value to ELT practitioners unless it can generate practical insights deemed as useful by practitioners.

Through a combination of invited presentations and participant discussion, the Roundtable aims to identify how Complexity Theory may enhance ELT practice. Tentatively, this may include discussion of how Complexity Theory may inform language classroom teaching, teacher development, innovation in curriculum, syllabus and materials design, and the inclusion of learners as fuller participants in language education. There will be opportunities for Roundtable participants to add to this tentative agenda.

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