Hon.-Prof. Henry George Widdowson, PhD

Consultation hours: For enquiries or appointments please send an e-mail to
<henry.widdowson@univie.ac.at>

Winter term 2020
120020 SE Staff Seminar - Academic careers in English studies
Winter term 2019
Widdowson, H. G., & Seidlhofer, B. (2020). What do we really mean by ELF-informed pedagogy? An enquiry into converging themes. In M. Konakahara, & K. Tsuchiya (Eds.), English as a lingua franca in Japan: Towards multilingual practices (pp. 323-331). [16] Palgrave Macmillan.

Seidlhofer, B., & Widdowson, H. G. (2019). Accounting for communication. In C. Roever, & G. Wigglesworth (Eds.), Social perspectives on language testing: Papers in honour of Tim McNamara (pp. 243 - 252). Peter Lang. Language Testing and Evaluation, Vol.. 41


Widdowson, H. G. (2019). Disciplinarity and disparity in applied linguistics. In C. Wright, L. Harvey, & J. Simpson (Eds.), Voices and Practices in Applied Linguistics: Diversifying a Discipline (pp. 33-50).

Seidlhofer, B., & Widdowson, H. G. (2019). ELF for EFL: A Change of Subject? In N. C. Sifakis, & N. Tsantila (Eds.), English as a Lingua Franca for EFL Contexts (pp. 17-31). Multilingual Matters. New Perspectives on Language and Education, Vol.. 62





Widdowson, H. G. (2018). Afterword: Spirituality and language teaching. In M. Shepard Wong, & A. Mahboob (Eds.), Spirituality and English Language Teaching : Religious Explorations of Teacher Identity, Pedagogy and Context (pp. 216-221). Multilingual Matters. New Perspectives on Language and Education

Widdowson, H. G. (2018). Historical perspectives on ELF. In J. Jenkins, W. Baker, & M. Dewey (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of English as a lingua franca (pp. 101-112). Routledge.




Widdowson, H. G. (2016). Competence and capability: rethinking the subject English. In K. Murata (Ed.), Exploring ELF in Japanese Academic and Business Contexts: Conceptualization, research and pedagogic implications (pp. 213 - 223). Routledge.

Widdowson, H. G. (2016). ELF, adaptive variability and virtual language. In M-L. Pitzl, & R. Osimk-Teasdale (Eds.), English as a Lingua Franca:Perspectives and Prospects.: Contributions in honour of Barbara Seidlhofer. (pp. 31-38). De Gruyter Mouton.


Widdowson, H. G. (2016). Representations of individuality: The Verbal Icon Revisited. In A. Bannink, & W. Honselaar (Eds.), From Variation to Iconicity.: A Festschrift for Olga Fischer. (pp. 411-424). Uitgeverij Pegasus.



English beyond the pale: the language of outsiders

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
27 Feb 2020

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The elusive concept of culture

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
4 Dec 2019

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New starts and different kinds of failure: approaches to the language teaching in retrospect

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
13 Nov 2019

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Plenary session

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
3 Jul 2019

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The Relevance of ELF Study to Real World Issues

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
27 Jan 2019

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Context and Language Integrated Learning? CLIL in Historical Perspective

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
26 Jan 2019

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The pretext of interpretation

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
15 Nov 2018

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Colloquium Discussant

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
4 Jul 201811 Jul 2018

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Definitions of competence and the effect on language pedagogy

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
10 May 201812 May 2018

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Linguistics expertise and language experience

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
30 Apr 2018

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Closing Remarks

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
17 Apr 2018

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Language(s) in Education (Panel Chair)

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
7 Sep 2017

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Disciplinarity and disparity in applied linguistics

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
1 Sep 2017

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Exploring English as a lingua franca and its educational significance

Barbara Seidlhofer (Speaker), Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
29 Aug 2017

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Lingua Franca and lingual Capability: The pedagogic Implications of ELF

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
27 Aug 2017

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What does the E in TESOL stand for?

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
26 Aug 2017

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ELF in Prospect. Where do we go from here? (Invited panel)

Barbara Seidlhofer (Speaker), Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
14 Jun 2017

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Lingual capability and virtual language.

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
6 Apr 2017

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Doctoral workshop

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
27 Jun 2016

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ELF and TESOL: A change of subject?

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
13 Nov 2015

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ELF and English teaching: principle and practice

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
27 Aug 2015

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ELF and the Pragmatics of Language Variation

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
4 Sep 2014

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The symposium in retrospect: perspectives and prospects

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
4 Apr 2014

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Changing the Subject

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
2014

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Competence and Capability: Rethinking the Subject English

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
2013

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On the subject of English. ELF meets ELT.

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
2013

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Between you and me: the significance of pronouns

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
2012

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Interpersonal positioning and genre conventions

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
2012

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Communicative language teaching in retrospect

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
2011

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Creative capability

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
2011

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Distrust the text. Translation and the indeterminacy of meaning.

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
2011

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On the applicability of empirical findings

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
2011

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‘Only connect!’ The wider implications of ELF

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
2011

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"The pretext of interpretation"

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
16 Sep 2010

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"ELF research: issues arising."

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
25 May 2010

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"Englisch as a Lingua Franca: What´s the use in education?"

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
25 Feb 2010

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"English as a Lingua Franca: What´s The Use In Education?"

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
25 Feb 2010

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"Conformity and creativity in ELF and learner English"

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
15 Jan 2010

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"Conformity and creativity in ELF and learner English"

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
15 Jan 2010

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The pretext of interpretation

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
2010

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What’s the use of ELF in education

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
2010

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ELF Usage and the rules of the game

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
8 Apr 2009

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Closing the gap, changing the subject

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
27 Feb 2009

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Alternative realities. Literature and the limitations of language

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
21 Nov 2008

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Relevant realities: linguistics in language teacher education

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
25 Oct 2008

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English teaching. Changing the subject.

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
24 Sep 2008

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On the subject of English.

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
24 Sep 2008

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On the subject of English

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
23 Sep 2008

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English Teaching: Changing the subject.

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
18 Sep 2008

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Setting a good example.

Henry George Widdowson (Speaker)
14 May 2008

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Coming to terms with reality

Henry George Widdowson (Keynote speaker)
9 Nov 2007

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On the subject of English

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
1 Dec 2006

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English language teacher education

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
1 Nov 2006

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On the subject of English

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
1 Nov 2006

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On the subject of English

Henry George Widdowson (Invited speaker)
20 Apr 2006

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Department of English and American Studies

Spitalgasse 2, Hof 8 (Campus)
1090 Wien

henry.widdowson@univie.ac.at