I was very happy to finally meet Ken Wilson, at the JALT conference in Tokyo last week. Ken gave several presentations, including a fantastic closing plenary. I’ve seen him speak before, and I can’t stress this enough – if you get a chance, get to one of his talks! His theme this time around was motivation, and I certainly left feeling refreshed and energised. That’s pretty much what I want from a plenary!

Straight afterwards, we sat down for a chat about materials writing, motivation and online community. Ken answered all my questions, even the slightly unfair ones, thoughtfully, honestly and expansively… so please enjoy.

(If you are interested in the Dick Allwright article we mention, in relation to the difference and deficiency views of textbooks, you can see it here)

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  2. Thanks to you both for this interview – I think it’s great that you took so much time to explore these ideas and did it all in one take: very much live and all the more interesting for it!

    The Allwright article top was great – as was your response to it, Ken. I think that those who support a Dogme way of doing things do need to take those two points of yours seriously (that NNSTs may not feel comfortable teaching without the support of a coursebook, and that material need not be used just because it is there). Good counterpoint though: if it’s there, it tends to get used (but not necessarily used up!) In a funny piece of synchronicity, I just blogged about this in a way (shameless plug coming!) https://teachertrainingunplugged.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/a-different-kind-of-scaffolding-in-elt/ where I do a far less effective job than Allwright does!

    And I’m with you on L1 use in the classroom, Ken – as is Penny Ur, by the way, so I feel like I’m now in good company. If you don’t end up boycotting Glasgow, I do hope you can come to hear me bang on about exactly that point (and 6 others) too!

    Thanks again!

  3. Angela B on January 8, 2012 at 6:10 am said:

    I’ve been meaning to come back to these videos for ages- anyway, I’ve just watched this one right through and thoroughly enjoyed it!
    Really interesting interview. I love all of Ken’s insights into material writing (and his very useful reminders to think about output-I’m currently sitting here struggling with an activity so it was a nice prod!), as well as his enthusisam and I absolutely agree with what you both say about L1 in the classroom.
    Wish I could have been there at JALT but couldn’t, so thanks for the videos, Darren.

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