ERIC Number: EJ892561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Competence and Performance in Language Teaching
Richards, Jack C.
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v41 n2 p101-122 Aug 2010
In order to plan for the professional development of English language teachers, we need to have a comprehensive understanding of what competence and expertise in language teaching consists of. What essential skills, knowledge, values, attitudes and goals do language teachers need, and how can these be acquired? This paper seeks to explore these questions by examining ten core dimensions of skill and expertise in language teaching. These are: language proficiency, content knowledge, teaching skills, contextual knowledge, language teacher identity, learner-focussed teaching, specialized cognitive skills, theorizing from practice, joining a community of practice, and professionalism. Each construct will be examined, its contribution to teacher competence and performance illustrated, and implications discussed for the development of English language teachers and teacher education programmes.
Descriptors: Teaching Skills, Language Teachers, Language Proficiency, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Cognitive Ability, Theory Practice Relationship, Teacher Education Programs
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