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Language teachers making sense of exploratory practice: Hanks, 2015

This article critically examines the implementation of Exploratory Practice in an English for academic purposes (EAP) context in a British university. The innovation involved challenges as well as opportunities for uniting learning, teaching and research. Particular emphasis is given to two teachers, who are the focus of this article: the story of one, ‘Jenny’, illustrates the processes of doing Exploratory Practice with learners of EAP, while the story of the other, ‘Bella’, provides insight into the notion of puzzlement, a central feature of the Exploratory Practice framework. For these practitioners, it was clear that the integration of pedagogy with locally relevant, small-scale research activity, held a wealth of opportunities for language learning and teaching.
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Hanks, J. (2015). Language teachers making sense of Exploratory Practice. Language Teaching Research, 1362168814567805.
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Research in teacher development for autonomy: Richard Smith

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Interesting interview on links among language learner autonomy, teacher autonomy, research and teacher development.

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Teacher-researchers in action

Opening articles by Burns, Allwright and Smith; case studies from Turkey.

 

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1. That ‘research’ and ‘development’ are both essentially about getting understanding, so teacher-research for teacher development needs to be centred on working to understand, rather than on finding immediate solutions to practical classroom problems.

2. That learners need (and want) to understand at least as much as teachers do. That they do not think they get much help from teachers in this. And that our learners deserve all the help we can provide for them to develop their understandings.

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Classic article from Allwright: Why don't learners learn what teachers teach?


Via Phil Chappell
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