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Beliefs and Language Teacher Education

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1. Title Title of document Beliefs and Language Teacher Education - English Language Teacher Beliefs
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Farahnaz Faez; University of Western Ontario; Canada
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Michael Karas; University of Western Ontario; Canada
3. Subject Discipline(s) English language teaching
4. Subject Keyword(s) English language teaching; teacher beliefs; reflective practice in teaching; ELT; teacher training; effective practice in teaching; language teacher education; TESOL
5. Subject Subject classification English language teaching
6. Description Abstract This chapter discusses teachers’ beliefs and language teacher education programs. Teachers enter teacher education with their own pre-conceived notions about teaching that are often “highly idealistic, loosely formulated, deeply seated, and traditional” (Richardson, 2003, p. 6). The question as to if (language) teacher education can impact teachers’ beliefs has long challenged researchers. Anecdotally, it is often believed that teachers’ beliefs are immune to teacher education; they enter with highly established beliefs, and a short teacher education program can do little to change them. This notion has been challenged more recently, and key to this, is reflective practice. This chapter discusses how teachers’ beliefs can be addressed in language teacher education programs, with a special focus on modern day TESOL programs that offer “borderless expertise” (Freeman, 2016, p. 187) to prospective teachers who come from international contexts.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Oct-2025
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.35785
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; English Language Teacher Beliefs
16. Language English=en en
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