The Pedagogy and Practice of Western-trained Chinese English Language Teachers: Foreign Education, Chinese Meanings, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Pedagogy and Practice of Western-trained Chinese English Language Teachers

Foreign Education, Chinese Meanings, 1st Edition

By Pu Hong, Faridah Pawan


130 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors/Editor

Pu Hong is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Language Education and Vice President, Qujing Normal University, China

Faridah Pawan is Associate Professor in the Department of Literacy, Culture and Language Education, School of Education, Indiana University, US

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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