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The University of Southampton
Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research

Sustainability of Exploratory Practice: A case study of former ELT pre-service teachers Seminar

16:00 - 17:30
23 October 2019
Building 65 Lecture Theatre B Avenue Campus

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Prof Roumyana Slabakova at .

Event details

Part of the annual seminar series for CLLEAR.


In this presentation we will share the outcomes of a British Council funded project (2018-2019), which was inspired in the theoretical amalgamation of the critical work of Freire (1970), Allwright (2003) and other contemporary contributors to the field of Critical Applied Linguistics (Pennycook, 2006; Zeichner, 2008). The main thrust of the project was to research the ‘sustainability’ of the core principles and central notions of Exploratory Practice, a form of practitioner research that informed the language teacher education curricula experienced by 44 Brazilian teachers who graduated between 2008 and 2018. Participants will be invited to discuss the systematised report that we will present on (a) how in-service EP teachers have been surviving in the profession and (b) whether EP has offered them a viable alternative to professional pressures.


Inés Kayon de Miller is Assistant Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil. She is involved in English language teacher education and development at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. She researches the discourse of professional reflection generated by teachers, teacher educators and consultants. As a co-coordinator of the Rio de Janeiro Exploratory Practice Group (EPGroup-Rio), she has been actively engaged in the development and dissemination of Exploratory Practice as a form of practitioner research.

Assia Slimani-Rolls is a Reader in Applied Linguistics and Education at Regent’s University London. She has recently co-authored a book with Richard Kiely. Exploratory Practice for Continuing Professional Development. An Innovative Approach for Language Teachers. 2018. Palgrave Macmillan.

Speaker information

Dr Inés Kayon de Miller, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio, Brazil.

Dr Isabel Cristina Rangel Moraes Bezerra , Faculdade de Formação de Professores (FFP, UERJ, Brazil) .

Dr Assia Slimani-Rolls, Regent’s University London .

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