Russell Mayne

Urban myths in ELT


Date: 10 November 2021.
Time: 10.00-11.00 (London time)
Hosted on Pavilion Learn.

Urban myths are everywhere in life, and many people accept them to be true because they’re fascinating and memorable. In this interactive talk Russell Mayne will explore some of the Urban Myths of English Language Teaching and present research findings which may be useful to teachers.



The great wall of China is visible from space! You lose 40% of your body heat from your head. We hear urban myths, like these and many others, everywhere. Many people accept them to be true because they’re memorable and sound so interesting. Education is not immune and nor is ELT. So what are the urban myths in ELT?

The same factors that lead so many people to believe that we only use 10% of our brains also lead teachers to believe that every learner has their own unique learning style. In many ways these myths are often harmless, but they can take time away from classroom activities that may actually be effective. In this interactive talk, Russell Mayne will look at some of the most common myths in education and ELT. He will examine some alternatives practices which actually do have evidence to support their use. It is his hope that teachers who watch this talk will become a little more sceptical of received wisdom and will start to evaluate their teaching practices and techniques alongside the evidence.

As part of your ticket for Urban Myths in ELT, you will also receive £10 off Live Online Teaching, offering you even more practical ideas for teaching live online.


This session is aimed at mid-career teachers or teacher trainers, who are interested in evidence-based teaching in ELT and engaged in professional development.


Russell  is an assistant professor at International University Japan. He is interested in research, meta-research and the gap between research and practice in ELT. Russell is the co-author of An Introduction to Evidence-based Teaching in the English Language Classroom by Pavilion Publishing.


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