David Graddol gave talks at both TESOL and IATEFL this year. Here is the link to the talk at IATEFL (he starts talking at the 8:40 mark in the clip) and here is the link to his talk at TESOL (he starts at about 12:45 in the clip). The title of the IATEFL talk was “English and Economic Development: Myth or Reality” and the title from TESOL was “Five Megatrends shaping the future of TESOL.” You are not required to have watched the talks to participate in the chat!
Here are some blog posts on the IATEFL talk:
- A handy recap of the IATEFL talk
- A thoughtful review of the talk
- “David Graddol, ‘Trends Analyst'” which is another nice recap that focuses on some key issues from the talk
- This persuasive post by Mura Nava talks quite a bit about Graddol
(along with mentions of and comparisons with Sugata Mitra’s speech)
Update: David Harbinson’s (@DavidHarbinson) excellent new post makes connects Graddols IATEFL talk to his learners in Korea.
And here are some posts on the TESOL talk:
In case you are wondering, the megatrends he mentioned were demography, economy, technology and politics. Wait, that is only 4? The fifth, was us, teachers.
Some questions to get us thinking and rolling for the chat:
- Why do students in Korea learn English?
- How important is English for Korean people working in Korea?
What levels are required? What do people need to be able to do in English?
- What are the economic benefits students can derive from learning English?
- How can we account for the “English Fever” in Korea?
Are there signs of the “English Fever” waning or increasing?
What are they?
- What is the rate of return for the time and money invested in English education in Korea? How is this similar/different to other countries you are familiar with?
- What does the increase of “non-native speakers” of English worldwide mean for Korean students?
- How will demographic changes around the world and in Korea impact the field and our job prospects?
- How do any of the changes and trends figure to impact teaching and pedagogical choices?
- What predictions do you have for the ELT industry in general and Korea in specific?
- Any other related questions you have or that arise in the ongoing discussions.
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