B.A.A.L / Cambridge University Press Seminar: Blowing away the dust: Illuminating the value of Practitioner Research in Applied Linguistics

This British Association for Applied Linguistics / Cambridge University Press Seminar will challenge perspectives and present a renewed vision of Practitioner Research in Applied Linguistics.

In recent years Practitioner Research in language education has grown quickly, yet it is still not fully acknowledged in Applied Linguistics. This BAAL-CUP seminar presents a renewed vision of Practitioner Research in Applied Linguistics, encompassing developments such as (collaborative, exploratory, participatory) Action Research, Exploratory Practice, and Reflective Practice, amongst others. It aims to challenge perspectives and blow the dust away from time-worn beliefs about who does what in language teaching and research. We aim to explore different epistemologies, challenge beliefs about research and pedagogy, and foreground commonalities to enable all to work well together in fully inclusive Practitioner Research.

This interactive seminar, hosted by the Centre for Language Education Research, encourages multi-modal and creative ways for practitioners to disseminate their research in a supportive collegial environment. We offer different ways for all participants, both newcomers and experienced researchers, to present research, generate networks, and create equal partnerships in order to learn from and with others, to challenge and refresh views about language learning, teaching and researching, and to ultimately build an agenda to advance theory and practice in Practitioner Research in Applied Linguistics.

Keynote speakers:

  • Paula Rebolledo (RICELT - Network of Chilean research in ELT, Chile)
  • Darío Luis Banegas (University of Warwick, UK; Ministerio de Educación del Chubut, Argentina)

Roundtable discussion: Loreto Aliaga, Laura Grassick, Judith Hanks, Harry Kuchah

Rapporteurs: Lou Harvey, Martin Wedell

Call for papers (deadline 22 February)

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Full fee -One day £20 

Full fee -Both days £30 

BAAL members/students one day £15 

BAAL members/students both days £20 

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