Team Teaching and Team Learning in the Language Classroom: Collaboration for Innovation in ELT

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Akira Tajino, Tim Stewart
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016 - Electronic books - 196 pages

This book reignites discussion on the importance of collaboration and innovation in language education. The pivotal difference highlighted in this volume is the concept of team learning through collaborative relationships such as team teaching. It explores ways in which team learning happens in ELT environments and what emerges from these explorations is a more robust concept of team learning in language education. Coupled with this deeper understanding, the value of participant research is emphasised by defining the notion of 'team' to include all participants in the educational experience. Authors in this volume position practice ahead of theory as they struggle to make sense of the complex phenomena of language teaching and learning. The focus of this book is on the nexus between ELT theory and practice as viewed through the lens of collaboration. The volume aims to add to the current knowledge base in order to bridge the theory-practice gap regarding collaboration for innovation in language classrooms.

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About the author (2016)

Akira Tajino, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Linguistics and a founding member of the International Academic Research and Resource Center for Language Education (i-ARRC), as well as the Graduate Course of Foreign Language Acquisition and Education at Kyoto University, Japan. His research interests include EAP, pedagogical grammar, and classroom research. He has served on the editorial panel of several journals including ELT Journal.

Tim Stewart is a founding member of the International Academic Research and Resource Center for Language Education (i-ARRC) at Kyoto University. He has been an associate editor of TESOL Journal since 2009 and is the editor of the new TESOL International Association book series Voices from the TESOL Classroom.

David Dalsky, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Social Psychology and a founding member of the International Academic Research and Resource Center for Language Education (i-ARRC) at Kyoto University. He publishes internationally in both cross-cultural psychology and applied linguistics. His research interests include EAP, indigenous psychology and cross-cultural psychology.

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