ERIC Number: EJ1150925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
On Teaching Methods: The Personal Experiences of Teachers of English
Kong, Melinda L. F.
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v48 n2 p197-209 Aug 2017
With the globalization and internationalization of education, many teachers from Asian countries pursue their professional development in English-speaking settings. However, there seems to be scarce research on these teachers' expectations, lived experiences and identities in these contexts, and how their personal experiences influence their views and teaching when they return to their home countries. Using interviews and email correspondences, the current article examines the perceptions and personal experiences of three teachers of English (from Vietnam, China and Taiwan) who studied in Australia. Among others, findings suggest that the participants negotiated their expectations, lived experiences and sense of identity in different ways regardless of the degree to which their experiences in Australia matched their expectations. As teachers of English, they were constantly reflecting on the suitability of applying the teaching methods learned in their local teaching contexts. When they returned to their home countries, all of them found it useful to share their personal experiences of living and studying abroad with their students. Their strategic and practical application of what they had learned and/or experienced in Australia assisted them in having new options in dealing with teaching and learning issues in their home countries. This article hopes to shed light on aspects that may influence the growth of teachers of English.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, International Education, Language Teachers, Electronic Mail, Student Attitudes, Study Abroad, Teacher Education, Expectation, Masters Degrees, Educational Experience, Communicative Competence (Languages), Teacher Attitudes, Semi Structured Interviews, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Vietnam; China; Taiwan