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Innovation and change in English language education

Edited By Ken Hyland, Lillian L C Wong Copyright 2013
    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Questions about what to teach and how best to teach it are what drive professional practice in the English language classroom. Innovation and change in English language education addresses these key questions so that teachers are able to understand and manage change to organise teaching and learning more effectively.

    The book provides an accessible introduction to current theory and research in innovation and change in ELT and shows how these understandings have been applied to the practical concerns of the curriculum and the classroom. In specially commissioned chapters written by experts in the field, the volume

    • sets out the key issues in innovation and change and shows how these relate to actual practice
    • offers a guide to innovation and change in key areas grounded in research
    • relates theory to practice through the use of illustrative case studies and examples
    • brings together the very best scholarship in TESOL and language education from around the world

    This book will be of interest to upper undergraduate and graduate students in applied linguistics, language education and TESOL as well as pre-service and in-service teachers, teacher educators, researchers and administrators keen to create and manage teaching and learning more effectively.


    Author Bios


    1. Introduction: Innovation and implementation of change

    Ken Hyland & Lillian Wong (University of Hong Kong)


    Section 1: Conceptions and contexts of innovation and change

    2. Models of change and innovation

    Chris Kennedy (University of Birmingham, UK)

    3. Contexts of change

    Numa Markee (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

    4. Cultures of change: appropriate cultural content in Chinese school textbooks

    Yafu Gong (China National Institute for Educational Research, China) & Adrian Holliday (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)

    5. The management of change

    Alan Waters (Lancaster University, UK) & Maria Luz C. Vilches (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)


    Section 2: Innovation and change in teacher education

    6. Innovation through teacher education programmes

    Karen E. Johnson (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

    7. Innovation through action research and teacher-initiated change

    Anne Burns (Aston University, UK and University of New South Wales, Australia)

    8. Reflective teaching as innovation

    Kathleen M. Bailey and Sarah E. Springer (Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA)

    9. Teacher thinking, learning, and identity in the process of change

    Donald Freeman (University of Michigan, USA)


    Section 3: Innovation and change in the language curriculum

    10. Innovation in language policy and planning: Ties to English language education

    Joseph Lo Bianco (University of Melbourne, Australia)

    11. Change and innovation in primary education

    Beverly Derewianka (University of University of Wollongong, Australia)

    12. Innovation in secondary education: a case of curriculum reform in Hong Kong

    David Carless and Gary Harfitt (University of Hong Kong)

    13. Higher education constraints on innovation

    Denise E. Murray (Macquarie University, Australia)


    Section 4: Innovation and change in teaching practice

    14. Innovation in materials development

    Brian Tomlinson (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK)

    15. Corpora, innovation and English language education

    Ken Hyland (University of Hong Kong)

    16. Innovation in the young learner classroom

    David Nunan (University of Hong Kong)

    17. Technological innovation and teacher change: IT in teacher professional development

    Lillian L. C. Wong (University of Hong Kong)

    18. Innovation in Assessment: Common Misconceptions and Problems

    Chris Davison (University of New South Wales, Australia)



    Ken Hyland is Chair Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Centre for Applied English Studies at the University of Hong Kong. He has published over 160 articles and 20 books on language teaching and academic writing and is co-editor of Applied Linguistics.

    Lillian L. C. Wong is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Applied English Studies at the University of Hong Kong. She also researches innovations in English language teaching and learning and is a member of the Board of Directors of TESOL International Association.

    'This book guides its readers to make sense of the complex, dynamic, and situated nature of change and innovation in English language education. The clarity of the writing and the decision by the editors to encourage case studies that illustrate a positive implementation of change will have the salutary effect of helping readers exercise their agency and embrace and even initiate change, rather than fearing or avoiding it.' - Diane Larsen-Freeman, University of Michigan, USA

    'Ken Hyland and Lillian Wong are to be commended for their timely and utterly absorbing synthesis of the knowledge base regarding innovation in English language teaching (ELT) around the globe. Innovation is the driving force for growth in the globalized economy of the 21st century and access to the English language is a prerequisite for effective participation in it. Yet, prior to this volume, the research literature has been scattered and largely incoherent. This book advances the field significantly by documenting the ways which innovation in ELT is likely to produce tangible and sustainable improvements in student outcomes.' - James Cummins, University of Toronto, Canada

    'This collection is a treasure trove of innovative concepts and ideas for improving classroom teaching and learning for teachers, teacher educators, researchers and other stake-holders concerned with critical issues related to innovation and change in English language education. Not only does this book offer an up-to-date critical perspective, it is also a highly relevant and useful resource for all those interested in language teacher development and research into English language education.' - Jenny Lim, University of Oxford, UK

    'This book covers a wide range of issues which will be interesting to a wide range of ELT practitioners, as most of us are working to implement some kind of educational change.' - Elizabeth J. Erling, Open University, UK

    "The wide-ranging focus of the text is inspiring. A strong feature is the use of case studies combined with solid research. It is an impressive collection of academics from arount the world who have created very readable chapters that do more than simply document and explain innovation and change: they will hopefully inpsire readers to implement them as well." - Patrick Coleman, Lincoln University, The TESOLANZ Journal