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MA ELSM Staying in Touch Online Conference - 9th July 2009

Date of conference: Thursday 9 July 2009

Time: 2pm to 4pm British Summer Time (1pm to 3pm GMT)

Venue: Main site: ELSM website, and via the discussion forum here



The following videos were uploaded, as possible reference points, before the conference:


1. Talk by Fauzia Shamim on 'Teaching and Researching in Large Classes' (10 minute version): here (longer version also accessible)

2. Talks by current MA in EL(T)SM students on their areas of Professional Practice action research: here

3. Talk by Dick Allwright on 'Exploratory Practice' (short version): here (video of a seminar with research students also accessible)

4. A video by former student Chi-Jen Lin on her teaching experiences in Taiwan (2006-2009) after graduating from MA in ELSM (available via to members only)


 PROGRAMME: Thursday 9 July 2009, 2–4pm (1pm to 3pm GMT)



General introduction and welcome


Discussion on overall theme of teaching in difficult circumstances and large classes


Three more specific areas of discussion, about:

(1) how to manage group work

(2) how to increase student participation

(3) how to improve teacher talk


Invitation to alumni to reflect on their current practice in the light of issues discussed and their MA experience.

Consideration of ways forward

Feedback on the day's event