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ERIC Number: EJ864880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
Teacher Perspectives on Linguistics in TESOL Teacher Education
LaFond, Larry; Dogancay-Aktuna, Seran
Language Awareness, v18 n3-4 p345-365 Aug 2009
This paper reports on a study of 61 students and alumni of graduate programmes that specialise in training English language teachers. The goal was to examine the views of these students and alumni regarding the importance and/or relevance of linguistic theory for their pedagogical practice and to determine whether differences in perceptions were dependent upon varying years of teaching experience. Both rating data and responses to open-ended questions were collected. Results indicate that respondents across groups held positive views regarding the role of linguistic theory for their development as teachers, and they expressed interest in more direct linkages between theory and practice in their academic programmes. We discovered, however, that a U-shaped response pattern emerged: the most novice and most experienced teachers were more optimistic about the value of theory than those whose years of teaching experience fell somewhere between these two groups. Possible reasons for this developmental pattern are considered. The paper concludes that responses of these students and alumni provide important evidence that the primary rationale for including theoretical elements in language teacher education programmes should be to enhance the language awareness and professional development of teachers, not for making direct applications between theory and classroom practice. (Contains 6 tables and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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