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Beyond the communicative approach: personal significance in language learning, 23 Nov 2019


Teacher Development SIG

Event place

ELC Hove, 33 Palmeira Square, Hove, Brighton, BN3 2GB

About this event

A full-day workshop led by Adrian Underhill, Piers Messum and Roslyn Young 

Has a focus on communication drawn our attention away from expression: the inner process of turning an idea into language, which then emerges as speech? Is mastering expression what actually leads to mastery of a language? 

When your classes ‘go well’, is it because the language and engagement of the learners has been personally meaningful and of personal significance? Or is it something else? 

To serve the language learner, we must first examine the inner domain of L1 speech, which we will call ‘expression’, and ask ourselves what it requires for our students to develop an equivalent facility in L2. 

This event aims to explore these questions involving the concept of expression in language learning. Through a combination of engagement with the main speakers and participant-driven tasks, this workshop will explore practices in which students’ powers of expression are the point of reference. We will develop new criteria against which we can examine, challenge, and adapt our current practices. 

Workshop findings will be collated together in an account of the day, which will be emailed to all participants as well as published in the TDSIG channels or Developod. 


Your booking is not confirmed until full payment has been received.

All booking fees are set in GBP Sterling.

IATEFL reserves the right to cancel an event at its sole discretion. Please note that if the event is cancelled by IATEFL we will be unable to reimburse you for travel and other associated costs related to the event. In the event of the cancellation of an event, IATEFL will endeavour to contact all attendees wherever possible, through contact details given at the time of booking. We strongly recommend that you purchase insurance to cover any cancellation charges or losses that may occur. Cancellations of bookings before 6 Oct 2019 will incur a 50% cancellation charge. Cancellations of bookings after this date will not be refunded. All bank charges must be paid by the delegate.

Booking limit

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Event dates

Event date(s)
23 Nov 2019
Online booking opens on
3 Jun 2019
Early bird bookings accepted until
30 Sep 2019
Online booking closes on
16 Nov 2019
Cancellation deadline
6 Oct 2019

Event fees

Early bird booking fees (until 30 Sep 2019)
  • IATEFL TDSIG member - £24.00
  • IATEFL Member - £24.00
  • Non member - £24.00
Booking fees (after 30 Sep 2019)
  • IATEFL TDSIG member - £24.00
  • IATEFL member - £30.00
  • Non member - £30.00