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Understanding the Courses We Teach

Local Perspectives on English Language Teaching
John Murphy and Patricia Byrd, Editors
Teachers' interesting stories about the courses they design and teach


Understanding the Courses We Teach provides current and prospective teachers of English to speakers of other languages with opportunities to examine teachers' ways of offering complete language courses. By focusing on individual teachers' discussions of instructional plans, decisions, and experiences in specific courses, Understanding the Courses We Teach complements other professional development resources, such as methods course textbooks, which tend to focus on historical developments of English language teaching, generic overviews of instructional themes, and strategies for creating activities for individual lessons or lesson segments.

Chapters 1-5 introduce a unifying framework for examining different teachers' local understanding and explanations of their work. Chapters 6-23 present the teacher-contributors' individual courses. Through these discussions the collection bridges the gap between theory and practice in the field and illustrates contemporary language teachers' context specific approaches to ELT.

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Copyright © 2001, University of Michigan. All rights reserved.

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 504pp.
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  • Paper
  • 2001
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  • 978-0-472-06770-1

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  • assessment, lesson planning, in-service teachers, second language pedagogy, curriculum design, English as a second language, English as a foreign language, English for academic purposes, English in the workplace, goal-setting, technology in the classroom, course design, professional development, teaching methodology, program administration, situated language teaching, local perspectives, firsthand accounts, course objectives, classroom activities, teacher roles, learner roles, instructional materials