Professional Development for Language Teachers: Strategies for Teacher Learning

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 4, 2005 - Foreign Language Study - 202 pages
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This much-needed text provides a coherent and strategic approach to teacher development Teacher Development for Language Teachers examines ten different approaches for facilitating professional development in language teaching: self-monitoring, support groups, journal writing, classroom observation, teaching portfolios, analysis of critical incidents, case analysis, peer coaching, team teaching, and action research. The introductory chapter provides a conceptual framework. All chapters contain practical examples and reflection questions to help readers apply the approach in their own teaching context.
 

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This is really a fantastic guide for teachers who wish to improve their career in the right way. This book elaborates on topics related to professional development. The author has focused on the goals of a teacher in an efficient way. 

Contents

1 The nature ofteacher education
1
Teacher training and teacher development
3
Conceptualizations of teacher learning
6
Individual and institutional perspective
9
Collaborative and selfdirected learning
12
References and further reading
21
2 Workshops
23
Example of workshop
31
Procedures used for peer observation
88
Implementing peer observation
93
Summary
94
References and further reading
96
7 Teaching portfolios
98
Procedures used in compiling a teaching portfolio
103
Implementing teaching portfolios
108
Example of a teaching portfolio
109

3 Selfmonitoring
34
Purpose and benefits of selfmonitoring
36
Procedures used in selfmonitoring
38
Implementing selfmonitoring
47
Summary
48
References and further reading
50
4 Teacher support groups
51
Purposes and benefits of teacher support groups
52
Types of teacher support groups
56
Forming a teacher support group
58
Examples of teacher study groups
61
References and further reading
66
Appendix
67
5 Keeping a teaching journal
68
Purpose and benefits of a teaching journal
69
Procedures used for keeping a journal
71
The audience for a teaching journal
72
Implementing journal writing
75
Summary
82
References and further reading
83
6 Peer observation
85
References and further reading
111
8 Analyzing critical incidents
113
Implementing critical incident analysis
122
Example of a critical incident
123
9 Case analysis
126
Purpose and benefits of using cases
130
Implementing case analysis
138
Example of a case study
139
References and further reading
141
10
143
Purpose benefits and types of peer coaching
145
Summary
155
References and further reading
157
11
159
Purpose and benefits of team teaching
160
Summary
167
References and further reading
169
12 Action research
171
Implementing action research
185
Examples of action research
186
References and further reading
194

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