An Interview with Michael Swan from darren elliott on Vimeo.

I was very happy to speak to Michael Swan at the JALT conference in Nagoya in November 2010, and now you can listen to what he had to say too! We discussed grammar and how it should be approached by teachers, ELF and errors, and changes in methodology over the years he has been involved in teaching.

I recommend Michael’s excellent website, which is well stocked with articles on these topics and many more. A particular favourite of mine is ‘The use of sensory deprivation in foreign language teaching’ from ELTJ in 1982… read it with an open mind.

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  2. The ‘Sensory deprivation’ article remains one of my favourite April fool jokes. We were asked to read it and discuss the potential benefits of this methodology in a workshop once. Several people argued fervently that it had its merits before the fact it was a joke was made public.

  3. Hi,

    Have just posted a link to this interview – and acknowledged it’s source this time! – on the Teaching English facebook page

    Please feel free to post there directly whenever you have anyhting you’d like to share with us.



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