Understanding Expertise in Teaching: Case Studies of Second Language Teachers

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 31, 2003 - Education - 308 pages
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The author clarifies the nature of expertise in language teaching, its development, and how teachers employ it. This book is the first detailed study of what expertise in language teaching consists of and how it develops in language teachers. Exploring the classroom practices of her subjects in four illuminating case studies, Tsui succeeds in clarifying the nature of expertise in language teaching, the factors that shape and influence its development, and how teachers employ their expertise in teaching. In the process, the author critically examines an extensive literature on teacher cognition and shows how teachers' theories, knowledge, experience, and goals shape their classroom practices and their ability to move from novice to expert.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Conceptions of Expertise
9
Characteristics of Expert and Novice Teachers
22
Teacher Knowledge
42
The Case Studies
67
The Professional Development of the ESL Teachers
79
Teacher Knowledge and Managing the Classroom for ESL Learning
136
Teacher Knowledge and the Enactment of the ESL Curriculum
177
Taking on the Challenge Exploring Fro cess Writing
225
Understanding Expertise in Teaching
245
Readers Comment Form on First Draft for the Second Writing Task Angels First Draft
283
Learner Training in Making Revisions
285
References
287
Index
303
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