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Inaugural Lecture for Professor Martin East

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Inaugural Lecture for Professor Martin East

We really must learn to speak other languages. So why is language learning languishing?

6pm Inaugural Lecture Eng1401/401-401,

7pm Drinks reception Engineering Neon Foyer

Way back in the early 1990s, Don McKinnon, at that time New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, proclaimed that New Zealanders “really must learn to speak other languages.” This positive and unequivocal pronouncement was made at a time of calls for a national languages policy. But since that time language learning in New Zealand has struggled to maintain traction. A perception persists that ‘surely everyone speaks English’ – and we still have no policy. In this lecture to mark his professorship, Martin East will take the audience on a journey through his development as a language learner, language teacher, and language teacher educator. He will talk about some of the elements that make up successful language learning, alongside the barriers to greater success and the questions that remain to be addressed. He will highlight what has been achieved alongside what still needs to be achieved if New Zealanders are to become comfortable and successful multilingual and multicultural citizens.

Professor Martin East is an experienced teacher of languages at both secondary and tertiary levels. He currently works in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching in the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts. Prior to this appointment, he was a language teacher educator in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, where he worked mainly with pre-service secondary teachers of languages other than English. Martin is the author of three books on different aspects of language pedagogy, and numerous articles which have appeared in a range of international journals. Earlier in 2018, his distinguished and outstanding contributions to language teacher education and research into language teaching, learning and assessment, as well as his work with and for language teacher associations, were recognised by a 2017 FIPLV International Award from the Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes (International Federation of Language Teacher Associations). Martin is currently President of the International Association for Task-Based Language Teaching.

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