The seminar in Language Teacher Education and Development introduces participants to the theoretical, practical and research-based traditions underpinning this field. Starting from a perspective on teacher education which has emerged as common ground for the preparation of teachers in diverse disciplines around the world, the seminar delves into the major pedagogical principles historically shaping the curriculum that educational institutions have put into place to support teachers’ learning and development. The aforementioned general and global perspective merges with specific and local outlooks when the seminar gravitates towards the education of Nonnative English Speaker Teachers (NNESTs) in the Colombian context. While facilitating participants’ interaction with a representative body of knowledge in the field, the seminar’s structure and dynamics engages student teachers in critical reflection aiming at the design of context-sensitive teacher education experiences.
The course offers language teachers opportunities to:
- Raise critical awareness of pedagogical knowledge models in language teacher education
- Critically evaluate theories of teacher learning and pedagogical change and research.
- Develop a deeper understanding of approaches to language teacher education and development
- Evaluate seminal and current research in the field of teacher education and development
- Explore options for the design of curriculum to enhance teachers’ education and development in local contexts
- Propose research initiatives rooted in local teaching communities’ needs
- Gain knowledge and skills to keep building their profile as professional teacher educators