Date: 20-24 February 2012
Article: 'Second language acquisition, teacher education and language pedagogy', by Rod Ellis
Guest moderator: Miroslaw Pawlak, Adam Mickiewics University in Kalisz, Poland.
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- To help you get ready for the discussion, here are a few prompts for discussion, suggested by Mirek:
1. Is there any value in research conducted by scholars who have little experience in actual teaching?
2. Is it at all possible to reconcile the interests of theorists, researchers and practitioners for the benefit of language learning and teaching?
3. What is the role of technical (i.e. theory and research) and practical (i.e. ability to react to the exigencies of the classroom) knowledge in everyday teaching?
4. Which of the approaches mentioned by Ellis to bridging the gap between researchers and teachers is the most beneficial and feasible - that is stating pedagogical implications, making SLA accessible, research-teacher collaboration, teacher research? Are there any other solutions?
5. What research areas are the most promising in terms of bridging the gap between research and teaching?
6. How realistic is teacher research and to what extent can it offer valuable insights for research and pedagogy?
7. What is the role of teacher educators in translating theoretical positions and research findings into guidelines for classroom practice?
8. How useful are the principles listed at the end of the article for designing and running a course for future teachers?