Principled Teaching in an Age of Eclecticism
It is often claimed that we now live in a post-method era of principled eclecticism. There are so many approaches to teaching EFL available now that it can be hard to keep up with what's the hot new kid on the block. Is it Dogme or Demand High? TBL or the Lexical Approach? Given such a wealth of choice, it's worth stepping back and asking what the principles in our eclecticism actually are. In this talk, I'll lay out some principles about the nature of language and how language learning works, before moving on to consider the classroom implications of these ideas.
Hugh Dellar is a London-based teacher and teacher trainer with over twenty years experience in the field. He has taught all ages and levels, both in the UK and also in Indonesia, where he lived for four years. He worked for University of Westminster for 18 years, but is now the co-founder of Lexical Lab and has recently co-written the methodology book Teaching Lexically for Delta Publishing. He is the co-author of two five-level General English series, Innovations, Outcomes and Perspectives published by National Geographic Learning, as well as numerous papers and articles for many ELT publications.