Keynote Speaker

WITESOL is excited to announce that our opening keynote speaker is Dr. Thomas S.C. Farrell, Brock University.

Tom Farrell

Thomas S.C. Farrell is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Brock University, Canada. His professional interests include reflective practice, and language teacher education and development. Professor Farrell has published widely in academic journals and has presented at major conferences worldwide on these topics. His latest books are Promoting Teacher Reflection in Language Education: A Framework for TESOL Professionals (Routledge, 2015), and From Trainee to Teacher: Reflective Practice for Novice Teachers (Equinox, 2016). His webpage is:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Madison Ballroom, 9:45 – 10:45

Reflective Practice for Language Teachers

Dr. Thomas S.C. Farrell, Brock University

Abstract: In the past 30 years there has been an increasing and sometime bewildering choice of teaching methods and means available to teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). In this keynote I outline how language teachers can reflect on their practice in TESOL. Reflecting on our practice suggests that our teaching experience is not enough, for we do not learn much from experience as much as we learn from reflecting on that experience; thus experience combined with reflections can lead to growth and this is how we become more effective language teachers. Such reflecting on practice encourages us to maintain our curiosity in our practice, identify significant interests/issues in our practice that we may want to reflect deeper on, and value and seek dialogue with our colleagues as a source of support in the analysis of these interests/issues. Thus by engaging in reflective practice language teachers can develop resourcefulness and resilience required to face future challenges and changes in profession.