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Contemporary Foundations for Teaching English as an Additional Language
Pedagogical Approaches and Classroom Applications

ISBN 9780367026356
Published October 30, 2020 by Routledge
336 Pages 64 B/W Illustrations

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This engaging volume on English as an Additional Language (EAL), argues persuasively for the importance of critical participatory pedagogies that embrace multilingualism and multimodality in the field of TESOL. It highlights the role of the TESOL profession in teaching for social justice and advocacy and explores how critical participatory pedagogies translate into English language teaching and teacher education around the world.

Bringing together diverse scholars in the field and practicing English language teachers, editors Polina Vinogradova and Joan Kang Shin present 10 thematically organized units that demonstrate that language teaching pedagogy must be embedded in the larger sociocultural contexts of teaching and learning to be successful. Each unit covers one pedagogical approach and includes three case studies to illustrate how English language teachers across the world implement these approaches in their classrooms. The chapters are supplemented by discussion questions and a range of practical sources for further exploration. Addressing established and emerging areas of TESOL, topics covered include:

  • Critical and postmethod pedagogies
  • Translingualism
  • Digital literacy and multiliteracies
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Advocacy

Featuring educators implementing innovative approaches in primary, secondary, and tertiary contexts across borders, Contemporary Foundations for Teaching English as an Additional Language is an ideal text for methods and foundational courses in TESOL and will appeal to in-service and preservice English language teachers as well as students and teacher educators in TESOL and applied linguistics.

Table of Contents


JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall


Polina Vinogradova and Joan Kang Shin


UNIT 1: Introduction

Chapter 1: Introduction: Teaching English as an Additional Language in the 21st Century

Joan Kang Shin

UNIT 2: Critical Pedagogies and TESOL

Chapter 2: Disrupting Method: Critical Pedagogies and TESOL

Benjamin "Benji" Chang and Spencer Salas

Case Study 2.1: Awakening Critical Consciousness in Japanese University EFL Students through Student Journalism

David William Leslie

Case Study 2.2: Implementing Critical Pedagogy in a Standards-Driven Context in Turkey: Making Room for Teacher and Student Voices

Hale Hatice Kizilcik

Case Study 2.3: Critical Pedagogy in a Postgraduate TESOL Professional Development Course in México: Using the NACTIC Model

Leticia Araceli Salas Serrano, Rebeca Elena Tapia Carlín, and Celso Pérez Carranza

UNIT 3: Postmethod Pedagogy in ELT

Chapter 3: Postmethod Pedagogy and its Role in Contemporary English Language Teaching

Doaa Rashed

Case Study 3.1: Course Planning in the Postmethod Era: Ideas from a Practicum Experience in Thailand

Lucas John Edmond

Case Study 3.2: Enacting Postmethod Pedagogies in IELTE Programs in Argentina: Do as I say, or as I do?

María Alejandra Soto

Case Study 3.3: Towards a Context-sensitive Theory of Practice in Primary English Language Teaching through Theme-based Instruction in Serbia

Vera Savić

UNIT 4: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in ELT

Chapter 4: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in TESOL

M’Balia Thomas and Marta Carvajal-Regidor

Case Study 4.1: Why are there so Many Immigrants Here?: Problem-posing with Middle Schoolers in Hawai'i

Gordon Blaine West

Case Study 4.2: Teaching EFL through Social Justice Themes in China: Developing a Critical Consciousness

Hetal Patel

Case Study 4.3: Applying Culturally Responsive Pedagogy to Engage with Cultural Differences in an ESL Composition Course in the US

Zhenjie Weng, Mark McGuire, and Tamara Mae Roose

UNIT 5: Translingualism in TESOL

Chapter 5: Translingualism in the Teaching of English: Theoretical Consideration and Pedagogical Implications

Eunjeong Lee

Case Study 5.1: Leveraging Translanguaging in Role-Plays in a U.S. University

Katja Davidoff and Zhongfeng Tian

Case Study 5.2: Translingual Practices in an Adult ESL Literacy Class in the U.S.

Sarah Young Knowles

Case Study 5.3: Koryoin (고려인/КОРЁ САРАМ) Children’s Translingual Practices for Learning English: A Case Study of Russian-Korean Children in South Korea

Youngjoo Yi and Jinsil Jang

UNIT 6: Multiliteracies in TESOL

Chapter 6: A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies and its Role in English Language Education

Shakina Rajendram

Case Study 6.1: Using Art to Spark Conversation and Critical Consciousness With Recently Arrived Immigrant English Language Learners in the U.S.

Brian Tauzel

Case Study 6.2: Exploring Places and Spaces of Migration and Immigration Using Google Earth: A Multiliteracies Approach for English Learners in the US

Natalia A. Ward and Amber N. Warren

Case Study 6.3: Rappin’ on Campus: Multiliteracies in Action in Japan

David Dalsky and  Jueyun Su

UNIT 7: Collaborative Technologies and TESOL

Chapter 7: Teaching with Collaborative Technologies Across Borders

Ilka Kostka

Case Study 7.1: Developing Skills for Independent L2 Writers in Hawai'i: Democratic Participation to Classroom Assessment

Mitsuko Suzuki

Case Study 7.2: Borderless Learning Using Online Writing and Video Conferencing: A Case of Agriculture Students in Indonesia

Mushoffan Prasetianto

Case Study 7.3: Implementing Flipped Classrooms in Uzbek and Karakalpak EFL Teacher Education

Gena Bennett, Aybolgan Borasheva, and Dilnoza Ruzmatova

UNIT 8: Digital Literacy and TESOL

Chapter 8: English Language Education and Digital Literacy in the 21st Century

Richmond Dzekoe

Case Study 8.1: Affordances of Mobile Devices in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Brazilian Public Schools

Cristiane Vicentini, Inês Cortes da Silva, and Luciana C. de Oliveira

Case Study 8.2: A Lesson in Hedging with Online Corpus Data in an Academic Research and Writing Course in the U.S.

Erik Voss

Case Study 8.3: The Effect of Mobile Learning on Learner Autonomy in the United Arab Emirates

Hussam Alzieni

UNIT 9: Advocacy and TESOL

Chapter 9: Advocacy for Student and Teacher Empowerment

Heather A. Linville

Case Study 9.1: Educators Influencing Policy: The Language Opportunity Coalition and the Seal of Biliteracy in the U.S.

Rachel Thorson Hernández and Nicholas Close Subtirelu

Case Study 9.2: Caring as a Form of Advocacy for Literacy-Emergent Newcomers with Special Education Needs: The Community-Building Pedagogical Approach in the U.S.

Luis Javier Pentón Herrera

Case Study 9.3: Building Communities of Practice: Advocacy for English Teachers in Rwanda

Richard Niyibigira and Jean Claude Kwitonda

UNIT 10: TESOL Teacher Education

Chapter 10: Preparing English Language Teachers for Participatory Teaching

Polina Vinogradova

Case Study 10.1: Reflective Teaching and Critical Language Pedagogy in a Thai EFL Context

María Díez-Ortega and Hayley Cannizzo

Case Study 10.2: From Teachers to Young Learners: Integrating Personal Development Instruction into Foreign Language Teaching in Serbia

Danijela Prošić-Santovac

Case Study 10.3: Preparing Teachers to Create LGBTQ+ Inclusive Classrooms in the U.S.

Joshua M. Paiz


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Polina Vinogradova is Director of the TESOL Program at American University, USA.

Joan Kang Shin is Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University, USA.


Polina Vinogradova and Joan Kang Shin have assembled an impressively diverse group of scholars and professionals at the forefront of TESOL research and practice, and produced an amazingly critical and innovative volume on the teaching of English as an additional language in the 21st century. It covers critical and culturally responsive pedagogies, translingualism, technology and digital literacy, and much more. It is a rewarding read, and should inspire future researchers and practitioners in language education for decades to come.

Li Wei, Chair of Applied Linguistics, University College London (UCL), UK



This book masterfully illuminates teachers’ imperative to embrace multilingualism and multimodality while they learn to teach English for social justice and advocacy across the globe. Critical participatory pedagogies have never been so compellingly theorized and so diversely exemplified. An indispensable tool for those committed to advancing TESOL teacher development in the 21st century!

Lourdes Ortega, Professor and Faculty Director of Initiative for Multilingual Studies, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University, USA



This book shifts our paradigm on English language teacher preparation and truly brings it into the 21st century. It comprehensively and critically addresses issues of equity, social justice, and diversity, multilingualism and multiliteracies, advocacy, and the contextualized nature of English language teaching around the world. The book includes original research and examples from diverse settings, including K-12 and adult English teaching. For those preparing teacher leaders and teacher candidates to teach English as an additional language across contexts, this is a must-read!

Ester J. de Jong, Professor, ESOL/Bilingual Education,

Director, School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida, USA


A timely publication – the ‘normal’ classroom today, which includes the English language classroom, has become a microcosm of our diverse societies. This book questions the tenets of traditional TESOL, and through the use of case studies, offers teachers more inclusive, alternative perspectives…moving TESOL into the 21st century!

Nayr Ibrahim, Associate Professor of English Subject Pedagogy,

Faculty of Education and Arts, Nord University, Bodø Campus, Norway

La diversité linguistique et culturel se répand dans nos sociétés et nos salles de classes. Parmi d’autres approches innovatrices, cet ouvrage propose un accès plurilingue à l’apprentissage de l’anglais où les langues, les cultures et les identités des enfants sont finalement les bienvenus en classe – une ouverture plus juste et inclusive de l’apprentissage des langues étrangères!

Nayr Ibrahim, Professeur associé, Didactique de l’enseignement de l'anglais comme langue étrangère, Nord University, Bodø Campus, Norge


As our world is becoming more globalized and more connected through technology, English is an indispensable communication tool for everyone. For teachers of English as an additional language, this book provides practical examples of how to teach English while equipping students with 21st-century skills. As you read through the cases from around the world, you'll find inspiration for improving your teaching in your classroom.

Tomohisa Machida, Associate Professor, Akita International University, Japan





Contemporary Foundations is quite a timely publication in the post-method period of TESOL pedagogy. It presents critical concepts for successful teaching in the larger socio-cultural and trans-linguistic global contexts and provides practical application cases. This resource will be of particular value to English teachers/ teacher educators in Korea, where classroom dynamics are rapidly changing to include students from multicultural families.

Kyungsook Yeum, Director, Sookmyung TESOL, Graduate School of Professional Studies, Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea

Contemporary Foundations는 기존 영어교육 방법론에서 벗어나 탈이론적 교육 방법론이 모색되는 현 시점에, 아주 시기 적절하게 출간된 저술이다. 본 저서에서는 폭넓은 사회.문화적 배경에서 서로 다른 모국어 사용자가 국제어를 배우고 사용함에 주목하여, 다양한 세팅에서의 실질적 교수방법이 논의되고 제시되고 있다. 이러한 자료들은 국내 영어교사 및 교수들에게도, 다문화 학생들이 급증하고 있는 교육현장에 대처할 새로운 아이디어를 제시해 줄 것으로 믿는다.

염경숙 교수, 숙명여자대학교 특수대학원 (대한민국 서울특별시), TESOL 공개과정 주임교수



With a focus on multilingualism and multimodality in TESOL, Contemporary Foundations for Teaching English as an Additional Language includes thematically-categorized pedagogical approaches, lived experiences, and practical sources across the world. From a broader sociocultural perspective, this inspiring book is a must-read for pre-service and in-service teachers, teacher educators, and researchers who are interested in critical pedagogies, translingualism, digital literacy and advocacy in TESOL. Bravo to all the contributors!

Müzeyyen Nazlı Güngör, Gazi University, Faculty of Education,

ELT Programme, Ankara, Turkey


İngilizce eğitiminde çok dillilik ve çoklu modalite kavramlarının eleştirel ve yöntemler ötesi bir bakış açısıyla temel alındığı bu eserde, dünyanın çeşitli ülkelerinde ilkokul, ortaokul, lise ve üniversite seviyelerinde uygulanan yenilikçi eğitsel yaklaşımlar, örnek olaylar, ve uygulanabilir çözümler bir araya getirilmiştir. Hem öğretmen eğitiminde hem de İngilizce eğitiminde kullanılabilen ve özenle hazırlanan bu eseri, İngilizce eğitimine gönül vermiş tüm paydaşlara tavsiye ederim.

Müzeyyen Nazlı Güngör, Gazi Universitesi, Gazi Eğitim Fakültesi, İngiliz Dili,

Eğitimi Anabilim Dalı , Ankara, Turkiye



This excellent collection of research-informed chapters and practical case studies captures the complex multilingual and multimodal landscape that English language professionals are called upon to navigate in the 21st Century. It is a timely resource for EAL practitioners and researchers interested in issues of identity, justice, equity and inclusion in language education globally.

Harry Kuchah Kuchah, Lecturer in Language Education,

University of Leeds, UK

Mkusanyo huu aali wa sura zinazotokana na matokeo ya utafiti na uchunguzi kifani unasawiri mazingira changamano ya wingi lugha na uanuwai wa mbinu, vitu ambavyo wataalamu wa lugha ya Kiingereza wanahitaji kuvikabili katika karne ya 21. Mkusanyo huu ni rejea muhimu kwa wataalamu na watafiti wa Kiingereza kama Lugha ya Ziada ambao wanavutiwa na masuala ya utambulisho, haki, usawa na ushirikishwaji katika ufunzaji wa lugha ya pili ulimwenguni.

Harry Kuchah Kuchah, Chuo Kikuu cha Leeds, Uingereza