Public lecture on English language teaching slated

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Dr. Alan Waters is an expert in English language

Dr. Alan Waters is an expert in English language

The British Council and the Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching (ACELT) are hosting a public lecture on the teaching of language knowledge by Dr. Alan Waters on December 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Escaler Hall in the Ateneo de Manila University.

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Dr. Waters is an expert in English language teaching from the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom.

Language knowledge includes the ability to explain language rules and concepts, for instance, in grammar and vocabulary. Entitled “Cognitive Architecture” and Learning of Language Knowledge, Dr. Waters’ lecture will discuss the two major approaches to the teaching of language knowledge, namely the “communicating-to-learn” approach, in which learners solve problems or perform tasks in order to acquire language knowledge, and the “learning-to-communicate” approach, or language learning through a series of graded exercises. He will then justify the efficacy of both methods in language teaching and explain their implications on current perspectives in language teaching.

In the afternoon, Dr. Waters will also conduct an exclusive workshop on Innovation in English Language Teaching Methodology for members of the British Council-ACELT Teachers Club.

Dr. Waters is a senior lecturer at the University of Lancaster and has run several courses around the world. His publications include Interface (Longman), ESP: A Learning-Centred Approach, Study Tasks in English (both Cambridge University Press), A Review of Research into Needs for English for Academic Purposes (ETS), two edited volumes of papers, and a number of journal articles.

Interested participants may join for a fee of P100 and are requested to pre-register at www.britishcouncil.ph/events.

For more information, call the British Council at 555-3000 or ACELT at 426-6001 local 5315 or 426-4322.

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