At ELT well we believe that practice 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 FREE 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.
The 2019 Research Round-up took place a little later in the year than usual – on October 12th this year. While some of us met in the ELT well office in Morecambe, others joined us (in our Zoom conference room) from Wales, Argentina, Belgium and Italy. The virtual attendees included 3 of our 4 presenters. Here is a summary, and links to the talks:
Ruw Jayasuriya (Lancaster University)
“Understanding the impact of Dyspraxia (DCD) and Dysphasia (DLD): An individual case study of a young learner and the implications for additional language learning.”
Daniel Foster Correia da Silva (Independent teacher)
“Helping learners with ADHD develop communicative competence by dealing with their behavior and interactional competence in the classroom.”
Judith Flynn (Manchester Metropolitan University)
“The educational encounter with bilingual children who have specific learning needs.”
Sandra Fratini (Educacion & Neurociencias)
“Applying and considering emotional intelligence and multiple intelligences in the classroom. Preparing the right planning that involves every single student.”
You can read a report of the 2018 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.