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Practice in TESOL

Fiona Farr

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How to develop good teaching practices and get the most out of feedback and reflection

Building on existing practice-based TESOL experience, knowledge and research, Practice in TESOL covers a range of topics that will comprehensively inform and enhance preparation for classroom practice. The book adopts three underlying principles to offer an accessible and highly practical resource for beginning and novice teachers.

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Contents

CONTENTS
SERIES EDITORS’ PREFACE
Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION: FROM LEARNER TO TEACHER
1.1: Introduction
1.2: You as a Teacher
1.3: The Structure of the Book
CHAPTER 2: THINKING ABOUT YOUR LEARNERS
2.1: Introduction
2.2: Learners as Individuals
2.3: Autonomy in Language Learning
2.4: Language Proficiency Levels
2.5: Further Reading One
2.6: Further Reading Two
2.7: Summary
2.8: Additional Readings
CHAPTER 3: THINKING ABOUT YOUR MATERIALS (by Elaine Riordan)
3.1: Introduction
3.2: Published Materials
3.3: Authentic Materials
3.4: Corpus-based Materials
3.5: Further Reading One
3.6: Further Reading Two
3.7: Summary
3.8: Additional Readings
CHAPTER 4: OBSERVING TO LEARN
4.1: Introduction
4.2: Preparing to Observe
4.3: Doing an Observation: the whats and hows
4.4: Post-Observation – What does it mean for me?
4.5: Further Reading One
4.6: Further Reading Two
4.7: Summary
4.8: Additional Readings
CHAPTER 5: THE LESSON PLAN
5.1: Introduction
5.2: Considering the Content
5.3: The Written Plan
5.4: Principled Deviation
5.5: Further Reading One
5.6: Further Reading Two
5.7: Summary
5.8: Additional Readings
CHAPTER 6: IN THE CLASSROOM (by Angela Farrell)
6.1: Introduction
6.2: Teacher Identity and Teaching Approach
6.3: Classroom Environment and Relationships
6.4: Target Language Use and Communication Practices
6.5: Further Reading One
6.6: Further Reading Two
6.7: Summary
6.8: Additional Readings
CHAPTER 7: TEACHING PRACTICE FEEDBACK
7.1: Introduction
7.2: Preparing for Feedback
7.3: The Discourse of Teaching Practice Feedback - What can I expect?
7.4: The Teacher’s Responsibility as Collaborator
7.5: Further Reading One
7.6: Further Reading Two
7.7: Summary
7.8: Additional Readings
CHAPTER 8: REFLECTIVE PRACTICE AND CONTINUING PROFESSIONaL DEVELOPMENT
8.1: Introduction
8.2: The Dimensions of Reflective Practice
8.3: The Role of Cooperation
8.4: The Professional Development Portfolio
8.5: Further Reading One
8.6: Further Reading Two
8.7: Summary
8.8: Additional Readings
CHAPTER 9: TEACHER RESEARCH ENGAGEMENT
9.1: Introduction
9.2: Being Teacher and Researcher
9.3: The Action Research Approach
9.4: The Beginning, Middle and End of Action Research
9.5: Further Reading One
9.6: Further Reading Two
9.7: Summary
9.8: Additional Readings
CHAPTER 10: CONCLUSION
REFERENCES
Appendix 1: Examples of Published Materials
Appendix 2: Examples of Online Materials
Appendix 3: Examples of Corpus-Informed Materials
Appendix 4: Examples of Online Corpora and Concordancers
Appendix 5A: Review of Key Terms and Concepts
Appendix 5B: Glossary
Appendix 6: Teacher Dress and Behaviour
Appendix 7: Teacher Strategies
Appendix 8: Pedagogic Options/Responses to Different Types of Discipline Problems

About the Author

Fiona Farr has been Lecturer in English Language Teaching since 2002 and is currently also Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick.

Reviews

True to its title, Practice in TESOL challenges beginner and novice ESL teachers to practice what is read because eight of its ten chapters provide tasks that direct the reader to research and implement suggested practices and specific language learning materials... In sum, I heartily recommend this text to any beginning language teacher because its guided activities help beginner teachers make sense of three decades of research on language teaching and learning. Farr achieves the intended effort that the reader become "a self-directed and independent learner…ready to take responsibility for your ongoing development as a teacher" (173).

- Skyler King, Chaffey College, Linguist List

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