We are very pleased to have Péter Medgyes talk at our SATEFL Day at the University of Stirling this year. Péter, CBE, is Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy. During his career he was a schoolteacher, teacher trainer, vice rector, vice president of IATEFL, deputy state secretary and ambassador of Hungary. He has been a plenary speaker in nearly 50 countries and author of numerous books and articles published both in Hungary and abroad.
10:30 – Registration, refreshments and time to browse the book display
11:00 – Always look on the bright side – being a non-native teacher
The bad news is that we are linguistically handicapped – there is no way we can emulate native speakers in terms of their English-language competence. The good news is that we can (a) provide a better learner model for imitation; (b) teach language learning strategies more effectively; (c) supply learners with more information about the English language; (d) anticipate and prevent language difficulties more successfully; (e) be more empathetic to the needs and problems of learners; (f) make better use the the learners’ mother tongue. The aim of this plenary is to discuss these controversial claims, with the final message that natives and non-natives are potentially equally effective teachers.
12:15 – Lunch and networking
13:30 – Elfies at large – Beware!
It is common knowledge that English has become the Lingua Franca the world over. Today the overwhelming majority of communication takes place between nonnative users of English, often in the absence of native speakers. Given this, proponents of the ELF movement, whom I call elfies in my lecture, claim that native English standards need not be followed any longer. After I have subjected this assumption to critical analysis, I conclude that teachers had better follow their own agenda and satisfy their learners’ genuine needs, instead of listening to elfies – or any other researchers, for that matter.
14:30 – Final questions and answer and close
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Airthrey Castle, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA
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Airthrey Castle is the first blue building on the right of the lake (Number 17) on the campus map