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Teaching Students, Missionary Zeal, and the Cult of Personality: Paul Thomas

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As a teacher educator, I now spend much of my spring visiting schools and observing my seniors who are learning to teach in extended field experiences (my university's version of student teaching)....
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"If teaching grammar directly and in isolated ways raises student test scores on isolated grammar tests, but students write rarely and many come to hate writing, we have slain the authentic need of students on the altar of teaching grammar for grammar’s sake."


He's talking about first language, but I see obvious links to foreign language teaching, for example grammar-translation approaches leading to good test scores on discrete-item written tests, but inability to produce spontaneous language in interaction.  Or learner reluctance to participate in oral activities due to teacher focus on form over meaning.


Also interesting comments on observation and teacher education.

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Collaborative video enquiry: video-stimulated reflection by pre-service EFL teachers

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Interesting study of improving pre-service teacher observation sessions via focused feedback on selected episodes of classroom practice.

 

Collaborative video enquiry in MA TESOL coursework: "Working together to improve ourselves" Laura Baecher (Hunter College, CUNY).

 

In ELTED (English Language Teacher Education and Development):

"English Language Teacher Education and Development (ELTED) - ISSN 1365-3741 - is an annual peer-reviewed journal for the worldwide ELT community which is produced within the English Language Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (ELLTA) Research Group of the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick. It seeks to provide a medium for the exchange of ideas and information on theoretical and applied issues pertaining to English language teacher education. The journal is targeted at all those involved in English language teacher education and development worldwide, for whom, at present, there are few published journals dealing specifically with English language."

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Let's see: contrasting conversations about teaching (Fanselow 1988)

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Why feedback to teachers from observers often hinders more than it helps, and some helpful ways to reframe observation.

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