This talk provides an informative chronology of ELT developments which counteracts some common myths and raises issues for critical reflection. The following questions are considered: 

  • How can ELT be defined?  
  • When did it begin?
  • What predated it?
  • What people, institutions, ideas and practices have made up ELT?
  • How did ELT spread and what has its impact been?
  • What aspects of ELT should be maintained or superseded?
Dr Richard Smith is an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. He is a leading authority on the 19th-20th century history of language teaching and is the founder and director of the ELT Archive. Richard also has particular interests in learner/teacher autonomy; teaching in ‘difficult circumstances’; and engaging and supporting teachers in/with ELT research.
Visit Dr Richard Smith's university web page for further information.