• Start Date 07/05/2024
  • Start Time: CET 14:30
  • End Date 07/05/2024
  • End Time: CET 16:00
  • Location Online

Emerging patterns in global primary English language teaching

Date: 07/05/2024 Time: 14:30 CEST 

Speakers: Sue Garton (Aston University, UK) and Fiona Copland (University of Warwick, UK) accompanied by four project team members (Elizabeth Meke, Mario López-Gopar, Subhan Zein, Yasemin Kırkgöz)

This webinar will present emerging findings from the project: English as a school subject in basic education: Influencing future policy directions, funded by the British Council. Drawing on insights from policy, scholars and coursebooks in 41 countries, we will discuss emerging patterns in primary school English language learning, and examine how different countries are responding to current challenges, including in equality, diversity and inclusion, technology, the post-covid context, and classroom languages.

Fiona Copland is Professor of TESOL, Head of the School of Education, Learning and Communication Sciences, University of Warwick. She has published widely on teacher education and linguistic ethnography. She has led research projects on teaching English to young learners and edited the Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners (2018) with Sue Garton. 

Sue Garton is Professor of Applied Linguistics (TESOL), School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Aston University, Birmingham. She has led and participated in a number of research projects on TEYL, language teacher education, CLIL and EME. She has published widely in TESOL and is co-series editor of the Palgrave Macmillan International Perspectives in ELT series (with Fiona Copland).

Yasemin Kırkgöz is a Professor at Çukurova Üniversitesi in Adana, Turkey. She has published widely, including in The Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners, and Preservice EFL Teachers’ Perceptions and Their Reflected Experiences in a Service-Learning Course. Yasemin’s research areas include social sciences and humanities, education and teacher training.

Mario López-Gopar is a Professor at the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, Mexico. He has published widely and his latest books are Decolonizing Primary English Language Teaching (Multilingual Matters), and International Perspectives on Critical Pedagogies in ELT (Palgrave Macmillan). His main research interest is the intercultural and multilingual education of Indigenous peoples in Mexico.

Elizabeth Selemani Meke is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Malawi. She has worked on consultancy projects for the Ministry of Education, UNICEF, UNESCO among others. Elizabeth has also published widely and her research interests include conducting evaluation studies and needs analysis in the areas of teacher development and management.

Subhan Zein is a visiting professor at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. His has published in a variety of refereed journals, and he is the author of three monographs, including Country profiles: English as a subject in basic education (ESBE) in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam: Recommendations for policy and research (British Council, 2022).

Registration details: Link provided for ELLRA members

Contact email for further information / queries: [email protected]

Professor Fiona Copland
Professor Sue Garton
Professor Yasemin Kırkgöz
Professor Mario López-Gopar
Dr Elizabeth Selemani Meke
Dr Subhan Zein