SLA Research and Foreign-Language Teaching

Authored by: Patsy M. Lightbown

Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138859814
eBook ISBN: 9781315716893
Adobe ISBN: 9781317508366

10.4324/9781315716893.ch8

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Abstract

Teachers draw their ideas about their daily practice from different sources. They start from their own experience as learners. After all, teachers were students for many years before they became teachers. Whether consciously or not, their initial beliefs and expectations about teaching are based to some extent on how they were taught. What did my teachers do? Do I feel that I learned a lot in their classes? Can I replicate what I liked about my experience as a learner? Can I avoid doing the things that I felt were not helpful to me as a learner? Are there better ways to teach?

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