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ERIC Number: EJ990014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
Novice Teachers and Linguistics: Foregrounding the Functional
Chappell, Phil; Moore, Stephen
TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, v46 n3 p589-598 Sep 2012
This forum article describes a postgraduate certificate teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) program with a strong linguistics orientation and argues that such a program provides novice language teachers with knowledge and skills superior to those of programs which focus more on methodology and practicum experience and less on linguistic knowledge. Such programs are commendable, but they can be challenged in terms of the quality and usefulness of the linguistics training they impart to their students. The preservice postgraduate TESOL program described in this article foregrounds knowledge about language and has been developed in a linguistics department at a leading Australian university. It achieves tight coherence and integration between coursework and practical experience through a language-based theory of learning involving an orientation to language as a social resource and medium through which learning takes place. Two coursework units and a practicum have been designed, putting Halliday's systemic functional linguistics theory into practice, ensuring that preservice teachers are engaged with the complexities of language and communication through all aspects of the course in a way that instills confidence in their subject knowledge and teaching abilities. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia