Category Archives: Language teacher education

From a topic to a thesis. The return!


It is been more than a month that I wrote my last post about my struggle towards an argument for my thesis. Well, I still haven’t resolved the issue, but I am working on it. This time I am doing

From a topic to a thesis. The return!


It is been more than a month that I wrote my last post about my struggle towards an argument for my thesis. Well, I still haven’t resolved the issue, but I am working on it. This time I am doing

From a topic to a thesis?


It is mid February, time is flying and I am struggling with the argument of my thesis. I procrastinate reading more papers, and writing posts on my blogs. I go back to my data and it seems a never ending

From a topic to a thesis?


It is mid February, time is flying and I am struggling with the argument of my thesis. I procrastinate reading more papers, and writing posts on my blogs. I go back to my data and it seems a never ending

Understanding a very complex activity!


I have been a teacher  of English for fifteen years. I have been a teacher educator for ten years. I have been engaged in the activities of learning how to teach, teaching English and teaching  how to teach for a

Understanding a very complex activity!


I have been a teacher  of English for fifteen years. I have been a teacher educator for ten years. I have been engaged in the activities of learning how to teach, teaching English and teaching  how to teach for a

What is the pedagogical Imperative?


Ten days ago I attended two courses as part of the UNSW summer school. The morning course was Classroom-based Research for Language Teachers by David Nunan and the afternoon course  was Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative by James Lantolf. The

What is the pedagogical Imperative?


Ten days ago I attended two courses as part of the UNSW summer school. The morning course was Classroom-based Research for Language Teachers by David Nunan and the afternoon course  was Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative by James Lantolf. The

Back to …!


I did it! After struggling with the writing, the poster layout and so forth. I managed to present my poster at the AARE conference successfully. It was very self  assuring and inspiring. The discussions with other academics challenged my views,

Back to …!


I did it! After struggling with the writing, the poster layout and so forth. I managed to present my poster at the AARE conference successfully. It was very self  assuring and inspiring. The discussions with other academics challenged my views,

Back on the right track!


Here I am attending ACTA International conference on the goldcoast. After a few days in which I was tempted to to do a course on Activity theory at Helsinki University, now I’m back on my research topic: EFL teacher education.

Back on the right track!


Here I am attending ACTA International conference on the goldcoast. After a few days in which I was tempted to to do a course on Activity theory at Helsinki University, now I’m back on my research topic: EFL teacher education.

What does sociocultural theory offer to EFL teacher education? Part 2


My last posts have been related to sociocultural theory and this one is not the exception. My research journey continues and my reading pile gets higher and higher. After reading Johnson’s  book, I  converted. Therefore, I got into sociocultural theory

What does sociocultural theory offer to EFL teacher education? Part 2


My last posts have been related to sociocultural theory and this one is not the exception. My research journey continues and my reading pile gets higher and higher. After reading Johnson’s  book, I  converted. Therefore, I got into sociocultural theory

Cultural- Historical perspectives on teacher education development


A book that I am reading now is Cultural- Historical perspectives on teacher education development. What I can say after reading the preface and a couple of chapters is that Cultural-historical Perspectives on Teacher Education and Development is an outstanding

Cultural- Historical perspectives on teacher education development


A book that I am reading now is Cultural- Historical perspectives on teacher education development. What I can say after reading the preface and a couple of chapters is that Cultural-historical Perspectives on Teacher Education and Development is an outstanding

What does sociocultural theory offer L2 teacher education?


This week I have focused my readings and thoughts on this question: What does sociocultural theory offer L2 teacher education?

Of course, the answer is not simple, this question includes two major topics: first L2 teacher education and second, sociocultural theory. Here I am trying to organize my thoughts with more questions: what is language? what is teaching? what is teacher learning?what is the link between teacher learning and student learning? Does sociocultural theory give an account for the cognitive and social dimensions of learning? How do you analyse learning with a sociocultural perspective? What’s the difference of emphasis btweeen sociocultural theory and activity theory?

What does sociocultural theory offer L2 teacher education?


This week I have focused my readings and thoughts on this question: What does sociocultural theory offer L2 teacher education?

Of course, the answer is not simple, this question includes two major topics: first L2 teacher education and second, sociocultural theory. Here I am trying to organize my thoughts with more questions: what is language? what is teaching? what is teacher learning?what is the link between teacher learning and student learning? Does sociocultural theory give an account for the cognitive and social dimensions of learning? How do you analyse learning with a sociocultural perspective? What’s the difference of emphasis btweeen sociocultural theory and activity theory?

Sociocultural theory


These last weeks I have been a bit more relaxed since I haven’t had  classes to teach (eastern break), so it is the ideal time to read, think and write. All the time to focus on my PhD. But what

Sociocultural theory


These last weeks I have been a bit more relaxed since I haven’t had  classes to teach (eastern break), so it is the ideal time to read, think and write. All the time to focus on my PhD. But what