Mediation in the English Language Classroom

Jeremy Bowell


Have you and your students mediated today? Well, probably yes, even though they might not know it! In this talk I will look at what is meant by the term mediation and examine its increasingly important role in English language teaching. I will show how teachers can use the types of activities and strategies laid out in the CEFR to frame a broader picture of their students’ proficiency: one that includes mediation skills. The talk looks at the benefits and challenges of incorporating mediation activities into the ELT classroom, and also demonstrates three practical ways of turning a mediation activity-type into a classroom task for the English lesson.


Jeremy Bowell has been working in the English language teaching field for over 20 years. He taught English in the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany, before joining the ELT division of Oxford University Press in 2004. He spent nine years at the Press working as an editor on international secondary course books, as well as taking on a number of presenting and teacher training assignments across Europe. He left OUP in 2013 to pursue a career as an author, and since then he has written for a number of OUP courses including Solutions, English Plus, Synchronize, and Life Vision. He has also written graded readers, children’s and young adult fiction. He lives in Oxford and in his free time, enjoys cinema, music, running, paddle boarding and baking. But not always at the same time.

Presentation Details

Type of presentation: Talk
Presentation is for: General audience
Presentation focuses on: Secondary education
Presentation Coding: General (GEN) Non-Commercial
Speaking on behalf of a publisher, examination board, or commercial organisation? Yes, Oxford University Press

Scheduled for

Date: Saturday, 2022-09-17, 09:00 - 10:00
Place: prof.Radwańskiego Aula