Language Learning, Technology & Motivation

What is essential when learning a new language? Perhaps, it’s motivation, having curiosity and wanting to learn. Or is it being immersed in a culture where that language is dominant? And should your teacher be a native speaker of the language you want to learn or not?

What is essential when learning a new language? Perhaps, it’s motivation, having curiosity and wanting to learn. Or is it being immersed in a culture where that language is dominant? And should your teacher be a native speaker of the language you want to learn or not?

Ken Wilson, ELT author and trainer, challenges many of these assumptions about language learning in this interview with Dr Joseph Haldane, IAFOR President & CEO. He also discusses how technology can be used in the classroom and how to engage your student’s curiosity.

Ken Wilson was a Keynote Speaker at The European Conference on Language Learning 2014 (ECLL2014) in Brighton, UK.


Ken Wilson

Ken Wilson is a teacher trainer, and an author of a large amount of ELT materials, and has published with OUP, Cengage and Macmillan. His most recent series is Smart Choice, published by OUP. He has also written more than a hundred ELT radio and television programmes, including fifty radio scripts for the Follow Me series, thirty Look Ahead TV scripts and a series of plays called Drama First. He also contributed material to Extr@ English, an ELT sitcom commissioned by Channel 4. For many years, Ken was artistic director of the English Teaching Theatre, a company which toured the world performing stage-shows for learners of English.

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