Esl teachers as theory makers: A discourse analysis of student assignments in a second language acquisition course

Paul Markham, Mary Rice, Behnaz Darban

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Abstract

Second Language Acquisition (SLA) knowledge is necessary in order to increase the likelihood that teachers will engage in sound practices. The purpose of this study was to discursively examine the evolving SLA knowledge as part of living educational theories in course assignments of 29 teachers in an SLA theory class. This study offers several valuable additional insights about teachers living educational theories of SLA. Specifically, preservice teachers exhibited more willingness to change their practice in the future than inservice teachers, yet preservice teachers still expressed both a confirmation of original beliefs and personal validation for extant beliefs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-242
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Language Teaching and Research
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Discourse analysis
  • Education
  • English language learners
  • Research
  • Second language acquisition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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