Becoming a Do-it-yourself Designer of English Language Teaching Materials

  • Mark Wyatt University of Portsmouth
Keywords: materials design, practical knowledge, language teacher education, English language teaching, qualitative case study

Abstract

Many language teachers around the world design materials to supplement those they are provided with to address the needs of the learners in their particular context. This is a task which requires practical knowledge of various kinds relating to learners and language learning, teaching and materials design. However, while there is a growing body of research into the practical knowledge of language teachers, little of this is longitudinal and there is a lack of research into how teachers develop as materials designers. This article focuses on one teacher's growth as a DIY (do-it-yourself) designer of English language teaching materials during an in-service BA TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) programme in the Middle East. Using qualitative case study methodology, I follow the teacher's development over three years, exploring changes in ideas and teaching practices. Implications for in-service language teacher education are discussed. URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1101334

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Author Biography

Mark Wyatt, University of Portsmouth
Mark WYATT is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK, where he teaches on a range of courses relating to English language and linguistics, and language teacher education. Mark conducted the research on which this article is based while working on a Ministry of Education / University of Leeds BA TESOL Project in the Sultanate of Oman. His research interests are in teachers' self-efficacy and practical knowledge growth, and in how such growth, explored through qualitative case study methodology, can be stimulated through constructivist teacher education. He is co-editor (with John ATKINS) of a volume entitled: "Research Perspectives on Education in Oman". Articles based on his PhD research have started to appear.
Published
2011-01-21