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Farrell, Thomas S. C. – TESL-EJ, 2019
This paper is motived by an email message the author received recently from a practicing, 'well-qualified' (BA and MA in Linguistics and a (200 hundred hour) TESL Certificate) ESL teacher in the US who was reaching out because she felt her training as a teacher had failed her. This prompted the author to reflect on two main inconvenient truths…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Language Teachers
Farrell, Thomas S. C. – TESOL Press, 2018
Take the next step in reflective practice! Operationalize reflective practice and overcome the "reflection bubble" with an approach designed for the field of TESOL. Learn how teachers, teacher educators, supervisors, administrators, and other stakeholders can implement reflective practice. Expanding upon the original aspects of…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Holistic Approach
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Farrell, Thomas S. C. – Language Teaching Research, 2016
Within the field of education, reflective practice has become a very popular concept within teacher education and development programs. The general consensus is that teachers who are encouraged to engage in reflective practice can gain new insight of their practice. There have been similar developments in the field of teaching English to speakers…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Farrell, Thomas S. C. – Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research, 2016
The field of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) is similar to other fields in that we must not take it for granted that novice teachers will survive their first year without some kind of support. This paper outlines how three novice ESL teachers in Canada survived their first year without any support from the school they were…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Language Teachers, Teacher Education
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Farrell, Thomas S. C. – Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research, 2016
Metaphors offer a lens through which language teachers express their understanding of their work. Metaphor analysis can be a powerful reflective tool for expressing meanings that underpin ways of thinking about teaching and learning English as a second/foreign language. Through reflecting on their personal teaching metaphors, teachers become more…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Figurative Language
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Farrell, Thomas S. C.; Guz, Magdalena – TESL-EJ, 2019
This paper presents a case study that examined and reflected on the relationship between the stated beliefs and observed classroom practices of an experienced EAP teacher in relation to teaching second language (L2) reading. The results of this study revealed that the teacher holds specific beliefs about language teaching and learning in general,…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Classroom Techniques, Language Teachers
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Farrell, Thomas S. C.; Yang, Demi – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
This article presents a case study that examined the beliefs and practices of one female English for Academic Purposes (EAP) teacher in relation to teaching second language (L2) speaking. Overall, the findings indicate that the teacher's stated beliefs converge with her classroom practices. However, instances of divergence were also observed.…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, English for Academic Purposes
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Farrell, Thomas S. C. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2015
Recently a dichotomy has developed in the field of TESOL between native English speaker teachers (NESTs) and non-native English speaker teachers (NNESTs) with some in each camp promoting one over the other, but this only separates rather than unifies our profession. In this article I suggest that it is not in anybody's interests to continue with…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teaching Models, Instructional Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness
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Farrell, Thomas S. C. – ELT Journal, 2015
Research in general education suggests that relationship-building is at the core of quality learning experiences. Yet relationship-building has not received the attention, it deserves from researchers in the field of TESOL where teacher-student relationships of various types are a central component in successful teaching and learning. This article…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Farrell, Thomas S. C.; Vos, Rebecca – Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research, 2018
Teacher principles encompass a teacher's stated assumptions, beliefs, and conceptions about acquiring and teaching a second language (L2). Due to the complex and diversified nature of how principles take form, an individual teacher's principles will influence their judgements, perceptions and instructional decisions, thus affecting the outcome of…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Beliefs, Second Language Instruction
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Farrell, Thomas S. C. – TESL-EJ, 2014
There is a longstanding recognition in the field of language education that teachers must continually shape and reshape their knowledge of teaching and learning throughout their careers (Farrell, 2015). Much of a teacher's early knowledge is developed initially in teacher education programs, and then through teaching experiences and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Education
Farrell, Thomas S. C. – TESOL International Association, 2013
Thomas Farrell's "Reflective Teaching" outlines four principles that take teachers from just doing reflection to making it a way of being. Using the four principles, Reflective Practice Is Evidence Based, Reflective Practice Involves Dialogue, Reflective Practice Links Beliefs and Practices, and Reflective Practice Is a Way of Life,…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Teaching Methods, Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction
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Farrell, Thomas S. C. – Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research, 2013
Teachers can reflect on their practices by articulating and exploring incidents they consider critical to themselves or others. By talking about these critical incidents, teachers can make better sense of seemingly random experiences that occur in their teaching because they hold the real inside knowledge, especially personal intuitive knowledge,…
Descriptors: Critical Incidents Method, Case Studies, English Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Farrell, Thomas S. C.; Jacobs, George M. – TESL-EJ, 2016
This article discusses the use of teacher reflection groups to aid teachers in their efforts to facilitate cooperative learning among their students. It is argued that these teacher reflection groups function best when they are organized with reference to eight cooperative learning principles. Furthermore, it is suggested that these reflective…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Communities of Practice, Cooperative Learning, English (Second Language)
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Farrell, Thomas S. C. – TESOL Journal, 2012
Since the author began work in reflective practice, at first informally in the late 1970s and then more formally in the mid-1980s, he has always looked at reflective practice as a compass of sorts to guide teachers when they may be seeking direction as to what they are doing in their classrooms. The metaphor of reflection as a compass enables…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Reflection, Reflective Teaching, Essays
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