At ELT well we believe that teaching and research are two sides of the same coin – one cannot exist meaningfully without the other. Teachers and researchers often seem to be living in different worlds, however, and there is not enough interaction between the two. One of the aims of ELT well is to bring research into the classroom, and teachers’ needs into research.
This is how we do it:
Annual Research Round-up
Every year ELT well organises an informal ‘Research Round-up’ – a seminar day at which practitioners can share the findings of small scale research into the overlaps between the fields of dyslexia / SpLDs and multilingualism / language learning.
This year the event was held at the ELT well office in Morecambe, on June 30th 2018. You can read a report of the presentations here: Summary of 2018 RRup
You can also read a report of Research Round up 2017 here.
ELT well maintains a database of handwriting speeds in languages other than English, in order to help determine whether a learner may have difficulties that are not just English-learning related. To date over 1,000 samples of 10-minute scripts have been collected and compared within language groups. Some languages still need more representation, however, particularly African languages. If you would like to participate in the collection of data for this ongoing project, please contact Anne Margaret for more information.