An Interview with Alan Firth from darren elliott on Vimeo.

I recently met Dr. Alan Firth at the JALT National Conference in Hamamatsu, Japan. If you are not familiar with his work you should probably start with his articles on reconceptualizing SLA, written with Johannes Wagner and published (and critiqued) in the Modern Language Journal. Dr. Firth has a background in conversation analysis, which he still employs as a tool to research communication between English as Lingua Franca users in non-classroom based settings. Amongst other things, we also discussed the development of SLA as a field and the relationships between research and teaching. Please watch and enjoy!

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4 Thoughts on “An Interview with Alan Firth

  1. Many thanks for this – a really interesting interview. It’s great to get a wee insight into the world of applied linguistics and hear a bit about how it’s seen to relate to the work we do with learners and also how it’s developing and changing.

    Lots to think about!


  2. Carmel McGill on March 18, 2013 at 10:34 pm said:

    I want to TEACH ELF; how & where can I get certified? If over 1 million people are using Lingua Franca wouldn’t it make sense to have teachers?
    Please advise, thanks, Carmel

  3. Adam Drda on July 19, 2015 at 8:29 am said:

    Hi, would it be possible for you to upload a password-unprotected audio version of the interview? I am writing a thesis on the topic of ELF and would love to learn more. Thanks

  4. darren on August 25, 2015 at 1:19 am said:

    Hi Adam, sorry to be so late in responding. Actually, Alan Firth asked me to put this one on hold for a while. There is nothing controversial but he has been rethinking some of his positions.

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