Sussex Centre for Language Studies

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Research on English Language Teaching seminars


Monday 4th November 2019
Work in progress: Reflections on Using Video in Teaching Practice
(Dan Sumner, University of Sussex)
5.15pm drinks for 5.30pm start - Language Learning Centre room 4 (Arts A)


This talk focusses on the filming of teaching practice on practical teacher education programmes (English Language Teaching) in two universities, Sussex University and Durham University. It explores the benefits it can bring to students’/trainees’ reflection and how the use of modern technologies, such as GoPro 360 cameras, can further enhance these benefits.


Video in teacher education is not ‘new’ to research but still relatively under-explored, and in-context studies which discuss its use in practice are important to discuss, particularly as new technology is continually creating more effective recording possibilities. Aside from the benefits filming TP can bring to trainees in relation to affording them with key opportunities to self-review, there are many benefits it can bring that have the potential to transform the ‘traditional’ supervisor-feedback loop, which can allow for more opportunities for reflection rather than reaction.

This research project was initially inspired by the Q and A part of  Nikki Fořtová’s talk, Striking the balance, in last year’s Future of Training Conference, at International House London, when the filming of teaching practice was discussed and how technology, such as 360 cameras, could be used for this purpose. The research attempts to explore the affordances that filming teaching practice can bring for trainees and trainers, as well as compare the use of static cameras with GoPro 360 cameras. The research is a comparative and explorative study, comparing a range of data (quantitative and qualitative), approaches and video equipment drawn from the experiences of trainees and trainers across both contexts where the equipment and approach vary.


Previous seminars

Andy Kirkpatrick (Griffith University, Brisbane)
English as a Medium of Instruction in Asian Universities

Dr Amos Paran (Institute of Education, University of London)
Reading, literacy and literature: L2 intersections

Alexandra Reynolds (University of Nantes)
The legislation of academic English at work

Simon Williams (University of Sussex)
Listening assessment workshop 

Małgorzata Korko (Middlesex University) and Simon Williams (University of Sussex)
Inhibitory control, self-monitoring and test takers' performance in a public speaking test

Silvia Taylor and Viviana Coston (University of Sussex)
Writing materials for language students to avoid culture shock

Dr Lyn Pemberton (University of Brighton)
Mobile knowledge sharing for language learners

Martin Sketchley
The application of Dogme ELT in the classroom

Dr Will Baker (University of Southampton)
Intercultural communication through English as a lingua franca: the role of intercultural awareness

Clare Fielder (University of Trier, Germany)
Positive Feedback in the English Language Classroom

Felicity O'Dell
Vocabulary in EAP: the English Profile project and CEFR levels

Theresa Clementson
Coursebook Writing: Process, Principles and Practice

Yolanda Cerda and Simon Williams
Deep-end tasks for low-level learners

Catherine Rogers (University of Sussex)
Supporting Learner Autonomy through Guided Self Access
Simon Williams (University of Sussex)
Question and answer sessions in EAP students' spoken presentations: problems in construction and assessment

Jules Winchester (University of Sussex)
Politeness in Interaction: Cultural Perspectives

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