Language Teacher Education for a Global Society

A Modular Model for Knowing, Analyzing, Recognizing, Doing, and Seeing

By B. Kumaravadivelu

© 2012 – Routledge

154 pages

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About the Book

The field of second/foreign language teacher education is calling out for a coherent and comprehensive framework for teacher preparation in these times of accelerating economic, cultural, and educational globalization. Responding to this call, this book introduces a state-of-the-art model for developing prospective and practicing teachers into strategic thinkers, exploratory researchers, and transformative teachers. The model includes five modules: Knowing, Analyzing, Recognizing, Doing, and Seeing (KARDS). Its goal is to help teachers understand:

  • how to build a viable professional, personal and procedural knowledge-base,
  • how to analyze learner needs, motivation and autonomy,
  • how to recognize their own identities, beliefs and values,
  • how to do teaching, theorizing and dialogizing, and
  • how to see their own teaching acts from learner, teacher, and observer perspectives.

Providing a scaffold for building a holistic understanding of what happens in the language classroom, this model eventually enables teachers to theorize what they practice and practice what they theorize. With its strong scholarly foundation and its supporting reflective tasks and exploratory projects, this book is immensely useful for students, practicing teachers, teacher educators, and educational researchers who are interested in exploring the complexity of language teacher education.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: (Re)visioning Language Teacher Education 1.1 Globalizing Perspectives 1.2 Operating Principles 1.3 Challenging Priorities 1.4 Designing KARDS

Chapter 2: Knowing 2.1. Professional knowledge 2.2. Procedural Knowledge 2.3. Personal Knowledge

Chapter 3: Analyzing 3.1. Learner Needs 3.2. Learner Motivation 3.3. Learner Autonomy 3.4. Classroom Implications

Chapter 4: Recognizing 4.1. Teacher Identities 4.2. Teacher Beliefs 4.3. Teacher Values 4.4. The Teaching Self

Chapter 5: Doing 5.1. Teaching 5.2. Theorizing 5.3. Dialogizing

Chapter 6: Seeing 6.1. Learner Perspective 6.2. Teacher Perspective 6.3. Observer Perspective 6.4. "On Seeing-that"

Chapter 7: (Re)making a Modular Model 7.1. Models and Modules 7.2. Design and Delivery 7.3. Challenge and Change 7.4. Closings and Openings

References

Index

About the Author

B. Kumaravadivelu is Professor, Department of Linguistics and Language Development, San Jose State University.

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:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU046000
EDUCATION / Professional Development
FOR007000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language