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Symposium: Questioning Language Teaching Orthodoxy in Higher Education

Embracing Linguistic Diversity
Language and Society
Teaching Languages

This one-day symposium is an opportunity to discuss and critically reflect on existing beliefs and norms in language pedagogy in higher education and how normativity and biases that underpin language (in) education may be challenged.

We are delighted Dr Martin Dewey, Kings College London, will deliver the keynote presentation.


This symposium, held in person at the University of Leeds, is open to all languages and is not specific to English language teaching.

Symposium Programme

We are delighted to have received a range of interesting abstracts relating to the symposium sub-themes of:

  • Native-Speakerism and the ‘Native Speaker’ concept
  • Decolonising language pedagogy
  • Translanguaging
  • English as a Lingua Franca
  • Teachers' perceptions of the 'Standard' versus 'Dialects'
  • Pedagogical approaches to the integration of linguistic variation in language education

Speakers will reflect on these themes in relation to the teaching of a range of languages including: Arabic, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese, and Welsh. Please see the symposium's programme and abstracts here.


Attendance of the symposium is free for speakers and for the UoL staff and students. For attendees external to UoL, a registration fee of £15 is payable. Please register here.

For enquires please email the organisers:

Kashmir Kaur:

Rasha Soliman:

We are grateful to the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) and Language@Leeds for providing funding for this event.