Novice Language Teachers - Insights and Perspectives for the First Year - Thomas S.C. Farrell

Novice Language Teachers - Insights and Perspectives for the First Year - Thomas S.C. Farrell

Insights and perspectives for the first year of language teaching

Novice Language Teachers - Insights and Perspectives for the First Year - Thomas S.C. Farrell

Thomas S.C. Farrell [+-]
Brock University
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Thomas S.C. Farrell is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Brock University, Canada. His professional interests include Reflective Practice, and Language Teacher Education & Development. He has published widely and has presented at major conferences worldwide on these topics. His webpage is: www.reflectiveinquiry.ca

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The first year of teaching has been characterized as a type of “reality shock” for many language teachers. This may be because the ideals that novice teachers formed during teacher training/education are often replaced by the reality of school life where much of their energy has shifted to learning how to adapt and survive in a new school culture. Although the first year of teaching has been well documented in general education research, not many detailed studies outlining the experiences of language teachers in their first year of teaching have been documented in the language education literature. This is surprising because as some scholars have suggested, in order to establish an effective knowledge-base for second/foreign language teacher education, language teacher educators must have some understanding of schools and schooling and the social and cultural contexts in which learning how to teach takes place. The purpose of this collection is to discuss the challenges and influences novice language teachers face when teaching in their first years. The volume outlines several detailed case studies of the experiences second/foreign language teachers during their first year of teaching in such diverse contexts as the USA, Canada, Singapore, Cambodia, the UK, Italy, southern Europe, Hong Kong, and Japan.

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Farrell, Thomas . Insights and perspectives for the first year of language teaching. Novice Language Teachers - Insights and Perspectives for the First Year. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-10 Jan 2009. ISBN 9781845534035. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28386. Date accessed: 21 Feb 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28386. Jan 2009

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