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Symposium: Questioning Language Teaching Orthodoxy in Higher Education

Wednesday 28 June 2023, 09:00 - 18:00
University of Leeds, 1.33 Maurice Keyworth Building

This one-day symposium is an opportunity to discuss and critically reflect on existing beliefs and norms in language pedagogy in higher education and how normativity and biases that underpin language (in) education may be challenged.

We are delighted Dr Martin Dewey, King's College London, will deliver the plenary talk entitled 'Promoting critical engagement with normativity and perception bias in language teacher education'.


Symposium Programme

We are delighted to have received a range of interesting abstracts relating to the symposium sub-themes of:

  • Native-Speakerism and the ‘Native Speaker’ concept
  • Decolonising language pedagogy
  • Translanguaging
  • English as a Lingua Franca
  • Teachers' perceptions of the 'Standard' versus 'Dialects'
  • Pedagogical approaches to the integration of linguistic variation in language education

Speakers will reflect on these themes in relation to the teaching of a range of languages including: Arabic, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese, and Welsh. Please see the symposium's programme with abstracts and speakers' biographies here.

Registration (CLOSED)

Attendance of the symposium is free for speakers and for the UoL staff and students. For attendees external to UoL, a registration fee of £15 is payable. Please register here.

For enquires please email the organisers:

Kashmir Kaur:

Rasha Soliman:


We are grateful to the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) for providing funding for this event.