This edited collection provides a comprehensive and locally situated understanding of English language teaching from the perspective of dedicated and experienced language professionals and researchers in Costa Rica.
The book uses a series of reflective sections that interconnect theory and practice in a non-English-dominant context in order to inform and transform pedagogical practices. The chapters depict a wide-ranging image of English language teaching and learning in the region, encouraging in-service teachers, TESOL specialists, and ELT scholars to critically reassess, rethink, and relearn teaching and learning as more than a political decision in an educational curriculum.
Ultimately promoting the practice as dynamic, ever-changing, and culturally situated, the book will be highly relevant to researchers, academics, scholars, and faculty in the fields of teacher education, educational research, EFL, and modern foreign languages.
Introduction: A Historical Review of English Teaching in Costa Rica Cinthya Olivares-Garita and Lena Barrantes-Elizondo Part I: Context, Culture, and Identity 1. Challenging Language Ideologies in the Global South: EFL Teacher Education as a Critical Site Christian Fallas-Escobar 2. EFL Teaching: A(nother) Chiaroscuro in and Beyond the Modern Nation-State: The Case of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Barrantes-Montero 3. The Need for a Critical Perspective Into the Teaching of English for Occupational Purposes Kevin Armando Brand-Fonseca and Roger Segura-Arias Part II: Language Learning 4. Language Learning Strategies in TEFL: Balancing Theory and Student Instinct Nicolás Cárdenas-Tamburini 5. Metacognition in Listening: Tasks That Foster Metacognitive Skills Safiro Rivera-Mena 6. Learner Empowerment: Reconceptualizing the English Language Learner Through a More Humanistic and Critical Lens Cinthya Olivares-Garita 7. Integrating Technology in the EFL Classroom: Moving Toward a Student-Centered Approach Jonathan Elizondo-Mejías Part III: Language Teaching 8. Professional Agency and Identity of English Language Teachers in Costa Rica: A Call for Decolonizing Action Lena Barrantes-Elizondo 9. Professional Growth: A Reflective and Motivational Practice Toward an Endless Journey in Education Patricia López-Estrada 10. Designing Digital Multimodal Narratives in EFL Teacher Education Hazel Vega Quesada Dialogicity Around Language, Identity, and Teaching and Learning in the Global South: Costa Rica in Focus Lena Barrantes-Elizondo and Cinthya Olivares-Garita