ERIC Number: EJ821378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Second Language Teacher Education Today
Richards, Jack C.
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v39 n2 p158-177 2008
Second Language Teacher Education (SLTE) is affected by two factors; a rethinking of its knowledge base and instructional practices as a response to changes in our understanding of the nature of SLTE, as well as external pressures resulting from the expanded need for competent language teachers worldwide. The impact of these two factors is seen in the growing professionalism of the field with the need for acceptance of standards, a rethinking of the knowledge base of the field, a move towards a sociocultural view of teacher learning, a focus on teacher cognition as the underpinning of teacher practice, acknowledgement of the role of teacher identity in teaching and teacher learning, implementation of collaborative approaches to SLTE, the need for greater accountability, as well as critical perspectives on teacher education. These factors are examined and their implications discussed for theory and practice in SLTE.
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Educational Change, Teaching Methods, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Sociocultural Patterns, Cooperation, Theory Practice Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Self Concept, Accountability, Criticism
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