ERIC Number: ED434509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Researchers and Teachers in ELT: United or Divided?
The review of research and literature discusses the relationship between academic research activity and the teaching of English as a second language (ESL). Attitudes toward the research/teaching relationship are examined, and criticisms over the past decade are summarized. A model is offered of the most common, top-down conception of the flow of information from researchers to teachers. The contexts and forums for discussion of research are explored from a teaching perspective, and it is suggested that they do not foster two-way communication between the community of teachers and that of researchers. Differences in focus of these two communities are further examined by looking at the central topics of journals in the ESL field as they have evolved over time. A more complex model for the flow of ideas between academe and the classroom is then presented, and it is suggested that one "weak link" in this connection, due to market pressures, is that between teachers and instructional materials developers. Finally, a more teacher-oriented model of research activity is outlined, one which does not call for teachers to become researchers in order to participate in the dialogue between the communities. Contains 15 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (33rd, New York, NY, March 1999).