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Title: Teaching reading in English as a foreign language : a language teacher cognition study
Author: Irvine-Niakaris , Christine
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2011
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Language teacher cognition research originated from teacher cognition studies in general education. It is a well-established domain of research concerned with what teachers think, know and believe and the relationship of these mental constructs to their classroom practice. Although research in the field of language teaching cognition has proliferated in the last 10 years, particularly in the teaching of grammar, there are very few studies on the teaching of reading in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and no specific studies which relate to the teaching of advanced level reading to adults in preparation classes for a high stakes international examination. The present study aims to fill the gap in our understanding of the teaching of reading by examining the cognitions and practice of four experienced teachers of English working in a non-profit language teaching centre in Greece. The research framework for this study in language teacher cognition is an exploratory interpretative paradigm. The research design is naturalistic rather than experimental and concerned with understanding the teachers' knowledge base and how this knowledge has been shaped. Central to the interpretative nature of this study are the combined qualitative methods of classroom observation, individual teacher interviews and a scenario-based group discussion including all four teachers. The combination of methods is aimed at enhancing the ecological validity of the study, and an attempt to relate teacher thinking to real teaching situations. The findings suggest that the four 'teachers in this study mostly shared similar practices in the organization of their instruction, explicit instruction of reading strategies and mode of delivery and that there were very few inconsistencies between their beliefs and practice. The findings also indicated that teachers' cognitions and practice are informed by undergraduate studies in general, professional coursework in teaching as well as accumulated Classroom experience, particularly in teaching examination preparation classes. These results have strong implications for pre-service and in-service teacher education courses and seminars in EFL.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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