Centre for Excellence in Language Teaching

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CELT is a new centre based in the School of Languages, Culture and Societies, set up to promote scholarship and support language teaching innovation and investigation across the University and beyond.

The school has a vibrant community of students and staff and the purpose of the Centre is to encourage and promote collaborative pedagogical projects across the school and beyond, and also to foster a community that shares and disseminates scholarship within the University, within disciplinary and professional communities, and the wider community.

One of the projects which has just launched is a new online journalThe Language Scholar’. The aim of this journal is to enable colleagues and students within the school as well as contributors from other institutions to publish their work and thoughts in a wide variety of multimodal genres, from critical reviews to thought pieces and case studies. You can find the journal at http://languagescholar.leeds.ac.uk/

One important focus of CELT is to engage students directly in language education projects as co-investigators of all aspects of language education and pedagogy. Scholarship groups are being set up within the school to investigate particular themes, for example, ‘transitions’, and to explore assessment.

This gives just a flavour of what the Centre is trying to achieve. CELT has many ambitions but its principal ambition is to support and develop a vibrant culture of pedagogical investigations, in collaboration with students and the wider communities to which we belong.