Providing an East-West flow of language teaching knowledge and know-how to balance prevailing Western-centric perspectives, this book is an in-depth investigation of the impact of Western-based language teacher education on the pedagogy and practice of Chinese English language teachers who received their training in Western institutions or those that emphasize Western-based teaching approaches. A significant and growing number of these teachers will influence millions of language learners in China over the next decades.
The Pedagogy and Practice of Western-trained Chinese English Language Teachers:
- Forefronts Chinese teachers’ voices and experiences in the context of their workplaces and classrooms
- Connects and balances theory and practice using a sociocultural lens
- Discusses the Chinese government’s policies on the training of teachers and analyzes them in terms of their impact on both American and Chinese higher education institutions
This is a must read book for anyone interested in learning theory adopted from a Western perspective and applied within an Asian setting.
1. Introduction 2. Situated and "Glocalized" Understanding: Using Socio-cultural Perspectives as Lenses 3. Hits and Misses: Shifting Positions in Professional Development of Native Speaker and Non-Native Speaker English Teachers 4. Evolving Landscape: Chinese positions on Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) 5. The Middle Kingdom and beyond: The pathways to Chinese English Language teachers’ journeys overseas 6. Light and heat: The empowerment, validation and anguish of having been trained overseas 7. Taking ownership: The bridging of the local with the global in English language teaching 8. Changing from earth to sky: New policies and the ever changing role of Western-trained Chinese English Language teachers 9. A view from the mountain: Teachers’ personal reflections