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Teacher Training and Professional Development of Chinese English Language Teachers

Changing From Fish to Dragon, 1st Edition

By Faridah Pawan, Wenfang Fan, Pei Miao


154 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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This up-close look at Chinese ESL teachers documents undertakings at formal and informal levels to support and sustain their expertise in ways that balance collaborative and competitive efforts, situated and standards-based programs, ethnically responsive and government-based efforts, and traditional and 21st-century teaching visions. English is a mandated subject for approximately 400 million Chinese public school students. Making transparent the training and professional development received respectively by pre-service and in-service teachers, this book provides a rare window into how Chinese English Language teachers (ELTs) reconcile the two needs with the responsibility to teach large numbers of students while also navigating societal, cultural, and institutional cross currents. It also explores the range of ways China invests in the training and professional development of its English language teachers.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Situating Chinese English Language Teacher Training and Professional Development in Research and Policy

Faridah Pawan

Chapter 1: "Filling the Pail Before the Cup": Preparing to Be a Teacher

Miao Pei, Faridah Pawan, and Wei Jin

Chapter 2: Student Teaching: "All the Sour, Sweet, Bitter, and Pungent Flavors Must Be Tested"

Miao Pei and Wei Jin

Chapter 3: Permanent Teacher Qualifications: "Surviving Within the Iron Rice Bowl"

Wenfang Fan, Ge Wang, and Xin Chen

Chapter 4: Master-Novice (Shifu-Tudi) Teacher Relationships: Acquiring Knowledge From the Backbone of Experience

Wenfang Fan

Chapter 5: School-Based Professional Development With "Jiaoyanzu" Peers: Learning With Brothers and Sisters

Faridah Pawan and Wenfang Fan

Chapter 6: High-Stakes Public Teaching Competitions: Failure Is Not Falling but Failure Is Not Fetting up From Each Fall

Faridah Pawan

Chapter 7: The National Guo Pei Project for Rural Teachers: Opening Doors So That Others May Enter

Miao Pei and Wei Jin

Chapter 8: English Teacher Development in Rural and Ethnically Diverse Areas: Sowers Action Seeding the Fields

Ge Wang

Chapter 9: The Visiting Scholars Program: Adding a Flower to a Brocade

Faridah Pawan and Xin Chen

Chapter 10: New Chinese Education Reform Targets English: U.S. and Chinese Scholars’ Perspectives

Faridah Pawan and Niya Yuan


About the Authors

Faridah Pawan is a professor in ESL/EFL teacher education in the Department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education in the School of Education at Indiana University, USA.

Wenfang Fan is a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at Tsinghua University, People's Republic of China.

Miao Pei is an associate professor in language pedagogy at the Center for Teacher Education Research in the Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University, People's Republic of China.

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 / Bilingual Education
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language