Colloquium 2016

35th Annual International Colloquium: 18-20 November 2016

Reaching new heights in ELT


Conference Details

Conference dates: 18-20 November 2016
VenueTélécom ParisTech, 46 rue Barrault, 75013 Paris
Plenary Speakers: Harry Kuchah Kuchah, Diane Larsen-Freeman, Péter Medgyes
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ETS Global, Silver Sponsor - Conference Bags
Express Publishing, Bronze Sponsor - Coffee Break
Pearson, Bronze Sponsor - Co-sponsoring a regional TF event.

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Saturday Night Music & Storytelling Event - November 19th

We will need your talent for the Saturday Open Mic & Storytelling Night! Prepare your stories, songs, bring your instruments! Sign up at the Registration Desk.

Poetry Competition

We will have a poetry competition on the theme of Africa. Bring your poem or get inspired during the Colloquium. Prizes will be awarded during the Closing Ceremony on Sunday.

Interview with Plenary Speaker, Professor Harry Kuchah Kuchah

Listen to our podcast here with Professor Harry Kuchah Kuchah, lecturer in TESOL & Applied Linguistics at The University of Bath and plenary speaker of the 35th TESOL France International Annual Colloquium. Professor Kuchah will talk about “Developing materials for the young learners classroom: Can children take the lead?” and will lead a Panel Discussion on “Teaching in Africa” with the participation of four teachers from four African countries. Jessica Etridge asked him to give us a sneak peak into these two highlighted sessions of the Colloqium.



Interview with Plenary Speaker, Professor Péter Medgyes

The 35th TESOL France Annual Colloquium will be opened by Péter Medgyes, Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy. In his opening plenary, Professor Medgyes will talk about how to be a happy teacher through a philosophical dialogue « The Ventriloquist. I’m a (relatively) happy teacher » and will share his insights about “The native/non-native conundrum revisited” in a sessions. Csilla Jaray-Benn met him for a short interview in Budapest at his university.


Interview with Plenary Speaker, Diane Larsen-Freeman

Listen to our podcast with Professor Emeritus Diane Larsen-Freeman, one of our three plenary speakers at the 35th TESOL France International Annual Colloquium, who returns to TESOL France after almost 30 years. In her plenary talk « Patterns in Language:  Why are they the way that they are? » Professor Larsen-Freeman will share her latest findings and evidence about language as a complex system and how newly discovered patterns impact language learning and teaching. She was interviewed by Jeremy Levin.


Plenary Speaker Bios

Harry Kuchah Kuchah
University of Bath/CAMELTA, Cameroon
Harry is a Lecturer in TESOL & Applied Linguistics at The University of Bath, UK. Previously, he worked in the field of English language education for 16 years as a teacher, teacher trainer, and policy maker in Cameroon and later, as a teaching fellow in applied linguistics at the Universities of Warwick and Sheffield in the UK. His professional experience also includes school-based literacy support with very young learners as well as in-service teacher training and material development projects in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. He is also part of the Council of Europe team supporting the Language policy profile for Albania. Harry’s research interests include teaching young learners, context-appropriate ELT methodology, teaching large and multi-grade classes and teacher development. He is currently IATEFL Associates committee member, Outreach coordinator of IATEFL Research SIG, E-bulletin editor of the AILA Research Network on Learner Autonomy (ReNLA) and committee member of the Teaching English in Large Classes Research Network (TELCnet).

Diane Larsen-Freeman
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Diane Larsen-Freeman is Professor Emerita of Education, Professor Emerita of Linguistics, and Research Scientist Emerita at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also a Professor Emerita at the Graduate SIT Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent books are Teaching Language: From Grammar to Grammaring (2003), Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics (2008, with L. Cameron), winner of the Kenneth Mildenberger Book Prize, the third edition of Techniques and Principles (2011, with M. Anderson), and the third edition of The Grammar Book, Form, Meaning, and Use for English Teachers (2015, with M. Celce-Murcia).

Péter Medgyes
Eötvös Loránd University Budapest
Péter Medgyes, CBE, is Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest. During his career he was a schoolteacher, teacher trainer, vice rector, deputy state secretary and ambassador of Hungary. He was a plenary speaker in 45 countries and is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Non-Native Teacher (Macmillan, 1994, winner of the Duke of Edinburgh Book Competition), The Language Teacher (Corvina, 1997), Laughing Matters (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Golden Age: Twenty Years of Foreign Language Education in Hungary (National Textbook Publishing Company, 2011) and Reflections on Language Education (2015, Eötvös Publishing House). His main professional interests lie in language policy and teacher education, with a special emphasis on non-native English speaking teachers.


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