"Context" - The Magic of Foreign Language Teaching

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dc.contributor.author Yamin-Ali, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-11T15:33:31Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-11T15:33:31Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Yamin-Ali, J. (2010). "Context" - The magic of foreign language teaching. Caribbean Curriculum, 17, 17-32 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1017-5636
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2139/11300
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the issue of "context" in foreign language teaching. It focuses on nine teachers at the secondary school level in Trinidad and Tobago who were students in a one-year in-service professional development programme. The teachers are all graduates with a B.A. in either Spanish or French, or both, and have varied degrees of experience as teachers. Teachers entered the programme with limited understandings of context and its role in teaching, and with little or no experience of using it in their foreign language lessons. During their encounter with the context issue during the year-long professional development programme, they were able to make a link between the theories of effective teaching and learning and the use of context in lessons. They were also able to overcome the challenges of lack of creativity, finding suitable support material, and motivating their students. By the end of the programme, teachers were not yet using context spontaneously but found that planning lessons with appropriate contexts was time-consuming. The findings of this study are especially relevant for teacher educators who promote communicative language teaching en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher School of Education, UWI, St. Augustine en_US
dc.subject Foreign language education en_US
dc.subject Secondary school teachers en_US
dc.subject Student teachers en_US
dc.subject Teaching methods en_US
dc.subject Diploma in Education Programme en_US
dc.subject School of Education, UWI, St. Augustine en_US
dc.subject Trinidad and Tobago en_US
dc.title "Context" - The Magic of Foreign Language Teaching en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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