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CALS Guest lecture 19 April 2017



 The School of Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics (MLAL)

    and the Centre for Applied Language Studies (CALS)



Are delighted to announce a guest lecture by Professor Steve Walsh, Head of Applied Linguistics & Communication, School of Education, Communication & Language Sciences, Newcastle University


Excellence in teaching: A possible way forward?



In this talk, Professor Walsh argues that good teachers are not ‘born’ but ‘self-made’. He makes the case for a regeneration of reflective practice (RP) and argues that if RP is to ‘work’, there is a need for a more dialogic and collaborative approach. The paper extends the arguments made in Walsh and Mann (2015, 2017), using examples of reflection data, and arguing that reflection needs appropriate tools, a metalanguage and dialogue with another professional to provide new lines of collaborative and dialogic communication. The case is made for tools to be sufficiently flexible that they can be tailored to specific contexts and facilitate the kind of detailed, up-close, professional understanding that RP was originally designed to foster. Drawing on the featured data-sets, Professor Walsh demonstrates how the use of appropriate tools and accompanying dialogue are more likely to result in changes in professional practice and excellence in teaching.



Time and Date:  April 19th 2.00 -3.30 pm

Room:  CG053


All are welcome!


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