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ERIC Number: EJ805489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1362-1688
Similarities and Differences in Teachers' and Researchers' Conceptions of Communicative Language Teaching: Does the Use of an Educational Model Cast a Better Light?
Mangubhai, Francis; Marland, Perc; Dashwood, Ann; Son, Jeong-Bae
Language Teaching Research, v9 n1 p31-66 2005
This study seeks to document teachers' conceptions of communicative language teaching (CLT) and to compare their conceptions with a composite view of CLT assembled, in part, from researchers' accounts of the distinctive features of CLT. The research was prompted by a review of the relevant research literature showing that, though previous studies in this area have pointed to some significant differences between teachers' and researchers' conceptions of CLT, the results are still inconclusive. In this study, usual methods for accessing teachers' understandings of CLT, such as observation and questionnaire, have been replaced by one that examines teachers' practical theories that guide their use of CLT approaches in classrooms. Semi-structured interviews and video-stimulated recall interviews were used to gain access to teachers' practical theories of CLT. The interview data show that while these teachers collectively have internalized most of the elements of communicative approaches, there are many individual variations. The data also show that these teachers have integrated aspects of communicative approaches into an overall view of teaching that incorporates many features not normally mentioned in the second language literature. (Contains 4 notes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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