Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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Teacher identity in language teaching

10 April 2017

A presentation by the Sydney School of Education and Social Work's Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages Research Network.

This presentation reviews notions of identity and teacher identity, how these relate to the specific characteristics of language teaching, and how teacher identity can evolve or be developed through experience and teacher education. The notion of teacher identity stresses the individual characteristics of the teacher and how these are integrated with the possibilities and potentials provided in the institutional identity of teacher and the content and methods of a specific field, as these are realised in specific contexts of teaching. The elements of a teacher identity in language teaching are derived from a review of literature on teacher identity and described in terms of the foundational and advanced competences required for language teaching, as illustrated by excerpts from teacher narratives. The presentation concludes with recommendations for teacher education and professional development with a focus on identity.

Event details

  • When: 5–6.30pm

  • Where: Room 323, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • Contact: Associate Professor Aek Phakiti
    Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages Reseach Network (TESOL RN)
    T: +61 2 9351 6312
    E: aek.phakiti@sydney.edu.au

  • Speaker: Jack Richards has had an active career in the Asia Pacific region and is currently an honorary professor in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney; an honorary professor at The University of Auckland and an adjunct professor at Victoria University, Wellington. He is a frequent presenter worldwide and has written more than 150 books and articles on language teaching as well as many widely used classroom texts. Recent publications are Curriculum Development in Language Teaching (2nd edition), Cambridge 2017; 50 Tips for Professional Development (Cambridge 2017); Key Issues in Language Teaching (Cambridge 2015:): Creativity in Language Teaching (with R Jones, editors: Routledge 2015); Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching 3rd edition (with Ted Rodger, Cambridge 2014); and Language Learning Beyond the Classroom (with David Nunan, Editors, Routledge 2014). Jack Richards has active interests in music and arts and supports a number of scholarship programs. In 2014 the Jack C Richards Decorative Arts Gallery was opened at the Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne, New Zealand. In 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of literature by Victoria University, Wellington, for his services to education and the arts, and in 2014 received the Award for Patronage from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.

Teacher identity in language teaching

Where Room 323, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

10 April 2017


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