Biographical stuff

My name is Kyle Smith. I’m a doctoral student, working on a thesis about symbolic power and the discourse of change in English language teaching (ELT) and assessment. I’ve worked in ELT for over 15 years as a teacher, manager, curriculum developer and instructional designer. I helped to get #AusELT started.

You can find me on Twitter as @elkysmith.

I make music as Distant Fingers and as part of Two Birds.

Other writings

I wrote a curriculum development case study that was published in the 2017 edition of this.

I’ve written several reviews of books on technology in ELT for the English Australia Journal:

  1. Webinars: A cookbook for educators by Nicky Hockly
  2. Language Learning with Technology: Ideas for integrating technology in the classroom by Graham Stanley
  3. Mind the App! Inspiring internet tools and activities to engage your students by Thomas Strasser

I didn’t really know much at all about educational technology when I was writing those, but I was beginning to think more critically about it and I think that’s reflected to some extent across the three reviews.

I wrote a review of Dan Douglas’s Understanding Language Testing for TESOL In Context. I didn’t really know much at all about language testing when I wrote it.


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