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Dr Richard Smith
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Centre for Applied Linguistics
University of Warwick
Tel: +44 (0)24-7652-4987
As an applied linguist and language teacher educator, I am interested in a range of language learning and teaching issues, especially in relation to the worldwide learning and teaching of English for speakers of other languages, I have particular professional / research interests and supervise research students (20+ PhD completions to date) in the following broad areas: History of language teaching & applied linguistics; 'Decentring' ELT/TESOL; Language textbook research; 'Local pedagogies' in ELT/TESOL, including approaches to teaching English in 'difficult circumstances'; Pedagogy of autonomy, including language teacher autonomy; and capacity-building in ELT/TESOL research, including teacher-research.
Before coming to Warwick in January 2000, I taught in France and - for a period of 13 years - Japan. My doctoral research was in the area of history of language teaching, and in 2002 I founded the Warwick ELT Archive, a unique collection of materials relating to the history of teaching English as a second/foreign language, c.1880-1980. I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas and, until recently, co-edited the Society's journal, 'Language & History'. In 2008 I was elected joint convenor of the AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics) Research Network on Learner Autonomy (re-elected for 2011-14) and served as coordinator of the IATEFL Research SIG from 2011 to 2015, and then as chair of the steering committee of the International Festival of Teacher-research in ELT 2017â€“18. I am also a member (formerly, Deputy Chair) of the Board of Trustees of the A.S. Hornby Educational Trust, am a founding coordinator of the AILA Research Network on History of Language Learning and Teaching (Hollt.net), a member of the Executive Committee of the British Association for Applied Linguistics and Key Concepts Editor for the ELT Journal (Oxford University Press).
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