Teaching a foreign language: one teacher's practical theory

Mangubhai, Francis and Marland, Perce and Dashwood, Ann ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7311-3765 and Son, Jeong-Bae (2004) Teaching a foreign language: one teacher's practical theory. Teaching and Teacher Education, 20 (3). pp. 291-311. ISSN 0742-051X

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In recent decades, teachers of second languages in many countries, including Australia, have been encouraged to use an approach known as Communicative Language Teaching (CLT). This approach advocates the development of communicative competence as a primary goal through the extensive use of the second language as a means of communication during classroom lessons. Understandably, education authorities and teacher educators are keen to know what teachers understand by CLT and how well they have incorporated this approach into their second language teaching. This exploratory study seeks to answer these questions in respect of one teacher, who claims to use a CLT approach. This is done by documenting her personal practical theory of CLT, using a framework adapted from a well-known approach to describing models of teaching. Access to the teacher's practical theory was gained through in-depth, semi-structured interviews and stimulated recall interviews involving use of videotapes of two of the teacher's lessons. The study establishes that the teacher's practical theory is an amalgam of many features of CLT approaches and of general teaching. The CLT components of the teacher's practical theory are largely consistent with features commonly listed in texts about CLT approaches, though there are some components of her theory that are not generally discussed in the CLT literature. The framework used in this study for representing the teacher's practical theories of CLT is also assessed and considered suitable for wider use.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:31
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2013 23:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge base for teaching; pedagogical content knowledge; second language instruction; second language learning; second language teaching; teachers of second languages; communicative language teaching; CLT; inservice teacher education
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200323 Translation and Interpretation Studies
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200399 Language Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2004.02.001
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/894

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