Learning to Look Descriptively at Teaching through Video

Using Video to Support Teacher Reflection and Development in ELT - Laura Baecher

Laura Baecher [+-]
Hunter College of the City University of New York
Laura Baecher is Professor of TESOL at Hunter College, City University of New York.
Steve Mann [+-]
University of Warwick
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Steve Mann is Professor at the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. He has previously lectured at both Aston University and University of Birmingham. He has experience in Hong Kong, Japan and Europe in both English Language Teaching and teacher development. He completed his PGCE at the University of Warwick in 1984 and worked in schools in England teaching English and Drama before turning to ELT in 1985. In Hong Kong, Steve worked in schools in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island in two-year British Council Teaching Scheme. In Japan, Steve worked in schools and developed specialist materials for teacher training and workplace interaction. His growing interest in the development of English in professional settings led to a two year project with American Express, Tokyo. His work at Aston University was mostly in the area of ELT Methodology. He worked at the School of Education at the University of Birmingham before coming to Warwick.
Cecilia Nobre [+-]
University of Warwick
Cecilia Nobre holds a Master’s Degree in ELT with a specialty in Teacher Education from the University of Warwick where she is currently a PhD student.


This chapter reviews some of the main reasons to explicitly develop non-judgmental observation techniques that support descriptive looking at ELT classrooms via video—namely bias and blinders. Several strategies for what a scaffolded approach can look like are presented, offering a stepwise approach to clarify implementation. Employing these descriptive noticing strategies leads to more effective video analysis, guiding teachers to start with learning to observe objects like classroom photos, student work, or audio non-evaluatively before engaging in a review of video.

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Baecher, Laura; Mann, Steve ; Nobre, Cecilia . Learning to Look Descriptively at Teaching through Video. Using Video to Support Teacher Reflection and Development in ELT. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Feb 2023. ISBN 9781781797556. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35792. Date accessed: 12 Aug 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35792. Feb 2023

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