LING 406: Teacher Development in Language Education (10 credits)

Course Aims and Objectives

This module provides an introduction to some of the main aspects of research, theorising and practice involved in facilitating teacher learning in English language education.  It does so by looking in turn at conceptual frameworks for understanding the nature of teacher learning, the evaluation and design of teacher learning activities, strategies for observing and providing feedback on teaching performance, and teacher training course design.  Relevant academic concepts for each of these areas will be studied, but the main emphasis will be attempting to understand and use the practical procedures involved.

Course Content

  • Module introduction
  • Teacher learning
  • Teacher learning activities
  • Observation and feedback on teaching
  • Teacher training course design


A 2,500 word essay.

Recommended Reading

Burns, A. & J. C. Richards (eds.) (2009). The Cambridge guide to second language teacher education. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Markee, N. (1997). Managing curricular innovation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Roberts, J. (1998). Language teacher education: the reflective trainer. New York: Arnold.

Wallace, M.J. (1991). Training foreign language teachers: a reflective approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wedell, M. (2009) Planning for educational change - Putting people and their contexts first. London: Continuum.


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