Reflective Practice in ELT - Thomas S. C. Farrell

Reflective Practice in ELT - Thomas S. C. Farrell

One Teacher's Reflective Journey

Reflective Practice in ELT - 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:


This chapter outlines one experienced TESOL teacher’s reflective journey using a framework for reflecting on practice that included reflections on his philosophy, principles, theory, practice, and beyond practice. The results of his reflective journey revealed that the common themes of approachability, art-oriented conceptions, and curiosity emerged in all aspects of his reflections. However, these themes did not emerge in the same form in each aspect of teacher’s reflections, but rather as uniquely influential parts of a larger whole. The holistic framework for teacher reflection employed in his journey provided multiple filters through which these various parts could be viewed. The complex and dynamic nature of this type of reflection attests to the importance of frequent reflective practice for gaining a complete understanding of the factors that influence what teachers do in the classroom.

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Farrell, Thomas . One Teacher's Reflective Journey. Reflective Practice in ELT. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 103-124 Aug 2019. ISBN 9781781796542. Date accessed: 27 Nov 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37457. Aug 2019

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