Action research: What’s in it for English language teachers and learners?

Nagoya Chapter

Date and Time: 
Thursday, 24 November 2016 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Anne Burns (conference plenary speaker)

For some years teacher education and professional development in English language teaching has been moving away from promoting top-down approaches, where teachers are expected to absorb bodies of knowledge and then apply them in the classroom, to more bottom-up perspectives. These perspectives focus on contextualised professional development, where teachers can concentrate on exploring issues of relevance to their daily work. One such approach in this new perspective is action research, a way of conducting investigations into teaching and learning that are directly relevant to the communities and classrooms where teachers work (Burns, 2010). In this talk, I will explain the concept of action research, and its main processes and procedures. My talk will be illustrated with examples of action research I have facilitated with teachers in different parts of the world, which will show the kinds of investigations English language teachers have carried out and what they learned from them.

Nagoya International Center / Kokusai Center 3rd Fl. Lecture Room # 1
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