The event took place on 15 December 2022 at 2:00 p.m. MEX / 3:00 p.m. COL*
In the plenary, the speaker argues that by adopting a more Freirean approach, to wash one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. The ELT community can become more equitable, fairer, and more closely connected to social justice issues, for example by employing multilingual approaches in the classroom, adopting a more problem-centred pedagogical approach, and developing materials which are meaningful for all students, rather than just a select group. In so doing, our language teaching can become richer, deeper, more effective, and more relevant, as we look to support young people in addressing the myriad economic, social, and environmental challenges that surround us.
Learn more about our speaker:
Chris Sowton has been working in the field of English Language Teaching for twenty five years. He has worked for a range of institutions, including Cambridge University Press and the British Council, and taught at institutions including Cambridge University and King’s College London (University of London). He has written extensively in the field, as author or co-author on more than twenty ELT books, including CUP’s Unlock and Prism series. His most recent work is Teaching in challenging Circumstances, which provides practical advice and classroom-ready teaching tips for teachers working in difficult circumstances and was shortlisted for a British Council ELTon. He has conducted teacher training and educational research in many countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Nepal, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, India, Somaliland, China, and Indonesia. He has also made and presented two podcasts for the British Council: The Climate Connection, which explores language education and the climate crisis, and Teaching English, which provides practical advice for teachers. He has an MA, a DELTA, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Bath, focusing on the language-in-education policy of South Sudan.
Further information can be found at www.chrissowton.com.