|An openness to new ways of teaching and learning is vital for growth among English language teachers, teacher educators, teachers in training, and students.
This volume in the Language Teacher Research Series (Thomas S. C. Farrell, series editor) shares the studies and reflections of teacher researchers working in Middle Eastern countries with students from a variety of cultural backgrounds. These teachers explore aspects of their own practice in university settings, secondary school classrooms, and professional language training institutes. Despite the varied settings, the authors all have a common desire to improve their practice by looking critically at their teaching approaches and their students' attitudes toward learning. These studies unearth assumptions made in different teaching contexts, and shine a light on factors of perception and motivation.
Some of the topics covered in these chapters are:
- How students' perceptions of teachers' language expertise can affect the learning environment.
- How interaction among students using technology, small groups, or peer feedback can promote new insights.
- What roles personal anxiety and culturally imposed norms play in classroom dynamics.
- Ways to facilitate metacognition, responsibility, and motivation among students so that they learn how to learn more effectively.
Each chapter examines a specific teaching and learning environment and analyzes avenues for improvement in that particular context. However, the overall goal of this volume and the series is to share teacher researchers' findings so that colleagues can extract their own interpretations and plan action steps for improving student learning in other contexts throughout the Middle East and the world.