Linking lives and classrooms for language teaching and learning

G39, R19, School of Education
Friday 25 November 2011 (09:15-16:40)

Louise Wheeler, event organiser,

This free one day event will provide an opportunity to bring together established and student researchers, teachers and other language education practitioners to share ideas and perspectives on the theme of Linking Lives and Classrooms for Language Teaching and Learning. The forum will focus particularly on how students’ languages, stories and identities can be used to link the learning experience of the language classroom with the real lives and lived experiences of learners beyond the classroom.

The forum will include keynote presentations from research, materials design and practitioner perspectives, poster presentations from language teachers and researchers from a wide range of backgrounds, a panel discussion and many opportunities for
networking and sharing ideas.

Keynote presentations

  • Translanguaging as Pedagogy Professor Angela Creese, University of Birmingham
  • Creative Writing: from private worlds to published words Professor Alan Maley, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Adult immigrant’s needs for writing: Insights from life histories Lesley Wheway, Canterbury Christ Church University

Call for Participation

The University of Birmingham would like to invite both new and experienced language teachers and researchers to participate in the TEFL forum, either by

  • Attending the TEFL Forum on the 25th of November 2011.


  • Giving a poster presentation of some aspect of your teaching practice or research (scholarships available to University of Birmingham Alumni)

For more details on the TEFL Forum and how to participate, please see the Call for Participation document.

Those who would like to participate should complete and return the Registration Form to no later than Tuesday 25th October.

Cost: Free of Charge

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