Among the Bohemians: Experiments in European ELT?

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Description of Activity


This short talk discusses a theme arising out of my ongoing PhD research. In brief, this research suggests that the history of English Language Teaching (ELT) practice in post-war Europe may be understood “to a considerable extent” in terms of “the history of groups” (Collins, 1998, p. 5), suggesting that fresh insight into what practitioners do (practice) may be found through investigating who practitioners are (biography). One emerging feature of practitioner biographies may be Bohemianism, a once popular social movement that celebrated creative pursuits and lifestyles while rejecting the socially conventional. This suggests the question: Did an enthusiasm for the Bohemian predispose ELT practitioners to favour some approaches to ELT practice over others in post-war Europe?
Period18 Nov 2020
Held atUniversity of Warwick, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal