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Leadership in English Language Education

Theoretical Foundations and Practical Skills for Changing Times, 1st Edition

Edited by MaryAnn Christison, Denise E. Murray


274 pages

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Leadership in English Language Education: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Skills for Changing Times presents both theoretical approaches to leadership and practical skills leaders in English language education need to be effective. Discussing practical skills in detail, and providing readers with the opportunity to acquire new skills and apply them in their own contexts, the text is organized around three themes:

  • The roles and characteristics of leaders
  • Skills for leading
  • ELT leadership in practice

Leadership theories and approaches from business and industry are applied to and conclusions are drawn for English language teaching in a variety of organizational contexts, including intensive English programs in English-speaking countries, TESOL departments in universities, ESL programs in community colleges, EFL departments in non-English speaking countries, adult education programs, and commercial ELT centers and schools around the world. This is an essential resource for all administrators, teachers, academics, and teacher candidates in English language education.


"This volume is filled with useful information for those who already are leaders in English language education as well as those preparing to be leaders. A key concept presented in this book is that all teachers/educators are leaders when they have a positive influence on others as they do their job, whether it be peer mentoring, curriculum development, program redesign, or helping to improve the school environment. I hope we'll see a lot more attention to leadership training in our field as a result of this important new book."

Sharon Seymour, ESL Educator; CATESOL Past President

"This book is a metaphor for the authors themselves: thorough, detailed, committed to professional development as a tool for excellence in outcomes. It reflects their long-standing commitment to sound scholarship and their recognition in the field as teachers/scholars."

Michele Sabino, University of Houston-Downtown

"As an individual in a position of leadership within the field of English language teaching in U.S. higher education, I was very stimulated by many of the ideas on leadership, management, and administration."

James Valentine, Director, American Language Institute, University of Southern California

Table of Contents

Selected Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction (MaryAnn Christison & Denise E. Murray)

Part I: The roles and characteristics of leaders

Introduction to Part I

Chapter 2: The Ecology of leadership in ELT (Denise E. Murray)

Chapter 3: A model for leadership in ELT – Leadership IQ (MaryAnn Christison & Denise E. Murray)

Chapter 4: Leadership in US public school settings (MaryAnn Christison & Kristen Schaub)

Chapter 5: Innovation as a hallmark of effective leadership (Fredrika L. Stoller)

Chapter 6: The role of emotional intelligence in ELT leadership (Denise E. Murray & MaryAnn Christison)

Chapter 7: Leading from the periphery (Andy Curtis)

Chapter 8: Leading from behind (Neil J.Anderson)

Part II: Skills for leading

Introduction to Part II

Chapter 9: Organizational structures (Denise E. Murray & MaryAnn Christison)

Chapter 10: Planning strategically (Denise E. Murray & MaryAnn Christison)

Chapter 11: Ensuring quality programs (Colin McNaught)

Chapter 12: Managing performance (Colin McNaught)

Chapter 13: Building a communicative toolkit for leadership (Julian Edge & Mark A. Clarke)

Chapter 14: Building effective teams (MaryAnn Christison & Denise E. Murray)

Part III: ELT leadership in practice

Introduction to Part III

Chapter 15: Developing leadership IQ in ELT (Denise E. Murray & MaryAnn Christison)

Chapter 16: How the experience of leadership changes leaders (Kathleen M. Bailey, David Nunan & Jaala Thibault)

Chapter 17: Developing Servant-Leadership Skills through Cooperative Development (Juliet Padernal)

About the Editors

MaryAnn Christison is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Utah. She teaches courses in the MA and PhD graduate programs and coordinates the ESL endorsement program. Christison was TESOL President 1997-98 and serves on the Board of Trustees of The International Research Foundation (TIRF) for English Language Education.

Denise E. Murray is Emeritus Professor at Macquarie University, Australia and San Jose State University, United States. She was department Chair for 9 years, director of a national centre for 6 years, and TESOL President. Her research interests and teaching include leadership and management in ELT.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Leadership
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language