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«Continuing Professional Development An Annotated Bibliography Amol Padwad and Krishna Dixit Introduction by Rod Bolitho ...»

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In this book the authors provide some key principals, frameworks and a collection of materials to help design and deliver mentor courses. It includes a wide range of activities and processes for exploring and understanding the roles and responsibilities of mentors. It is very useful resource to support the teacher development process.

Malderez, A. and M. Wedell (2007) Teaching Teachers: Processes and Practices. London: Continuum.

The book is based on the authors’ experience of teaching teachers and their use of the latest perspectives on professional learning. It presents an elaborate discussion of designing and planning effective programmes to support teacher learning, planning sessions, engaging in the mentoring process, assessing teachers and their learning, and managing personal development as a trainer. This book is a particularly useful resource for those who wish to develop as teacher trainers.

Richards, J. (1998) Beyond Training: Perspectives on Language Teacher Education. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

In this book the author examines the nature of language teacher development and the needs of teachers for effective teaching. It explores different approaches to teacher education and suggests various kinds of activities to use in training teachers. It also offers a brief survey of the theory and research on second language teacher development.

Spratt, M. (1994) English for the Teacher: A Language Development Course. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

This book provides several tasks and activities for teachers to improve their language ability for various purposes: using English in the classroom, making professional contacts, studying teaching and English, and discussions with colleagues and students.

Thornbury, S. (1997) About Language: Tasks for Teachers of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

This book addresses the key issue in ELT: “What is it that a teacher needs to know about English in order to teach it effectively?” The book is a valuable resource to develop teachers’ language awareness through a wide range of tasks built around the analysis of the (English) language to discover its underlying system.

Ur, P. (1999) A Course in Language Teaching: Practice and Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

In this book Penny Ur offers a comprehensive introduction to language teaching. The course presented consists of a few modules on some key topics such as practice activities, testing, teaching language skills, lesson planning, teaching mixed ability classes and so on. This book is accompanied by a trainee’s book.

Van Lier, L. (1996) Interaction in the Language Curriculum: Awareness, Autonomy & Authenticity. London: Pearson.

An innovative proposal in language education integrating curriculum practice, research and teaching is presented in the book. It underlines the significance of the interdependence of knowledge and values, and emphasizes the importance of learning as a social process.

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Agnihotri, R. K. and A. L. Khanna (1994) (Eds.) Second Language Acquisition: Socio-cultural and Linguistics Aspects of English in India. New Delhi: Sage.

In this book the authors explore several key themes pertaining to second language education in India: the role and place of English after India’s independence, the emergence of the indigenized varieties of English, phonological, lexical, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic aspects of the Indian English, curriculum design and pedagogical practices appropriate for the Indian learners of English, and the role of attitudes, motivation, and stereotypes in learning English as a second language in India.

Agnihotri, R. K. and A. L. Khanna (1996) (Eds.) English Language Teaching in India: Issues and Innovations.

New Delhi: Sage.

The authors draw our attention to many insights and concepts, which were not broached in the context of ELT in India.

The issues discussed include: the interaction of the first and second language acquisition theories, the social and psychological aspects of being learners (of English) in India, language pedagogy in formal settings, and the historical, social and educational aspects of English in India.

Agnihotri, R. K. and A. L. Khanna (1997) Problematizing English in India. New Delhi: Sage.

This book describes a study undertaken to examine the status, role and functions of English in India. The results suggest that though English plays a crucial role in higher education and in upward social mobility, it has a limited role in the domain of the mundane everyday life of an ordinary citizen.

Agnihotri, R. K., A. L. Khanna, I. Sachdev (1998) (Eds.) Social Psychological Perspectives on Second Language Learning.

New Delhi: Sage.

This book is a collection of papers on how social and psychological factors influence the process of second language learning. The primary focus is on the factors pertaining to attitude and motivation. The contributors present a range of empirical research studies from diverse contexts including the USA, India, Hong Kong, and South Africa.

Mathew, R. and R. L. Eapen (2000) (Eds.) The Language Curriculum - Dynamics of Change: Teacher as Researcher.

Hyderabad: Orient Longman.

This is a collection of papers from an international seminar on The Language Curriculum: Dynamics of Change held at CIEFL, Hyderabad (India) in 1995 as a part of the CBSE-ELT Curriculum Implementation Study: A CIEFL-CBSE-BC Joint Project. The common thread running through the papers is the exploring of how teachers can become change agents through action research. The papers present and discuss action research reports on several themes: learner involvement, teacher development, materials evaluation, development of language skills, evaluation and assessment, and curriculum evaluation.

Mathew, R., R. L. Eapen, J. Tharu (2000) The Language Curriculum – Dynamics of Change: The Outsider Perspective.

Hyderabad: Orient Longman.

This is another collection of papers from the international seminar mentioned above, addressing some general issues linked with teachers’ experience in specific situations. These issues include: the dynamics of second language curriculum, roles of teachers, curriculum implementation issues and descriptions, critical perspectives on ELT, and ELT in multilingual settings.

Prabhu, N. S. (1987) Second Language Pedagogy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

In this classic text on innovation in English language curriculum Prabhu presents a range of ideas on language teaching and learning remarkable for the boldness of thought. Based on the Bangalore Project, this study argues that language forms are best learnt when students concentrate on the meaning rather than the form. In this book the author recommends a task-based ‘procedural’ syllabus as an improvement over the linguistic syllabus.

Prabhu, N. S. (1995) Attempting Educational Change and Language Education in India. Vallabh Vidyanagar (India): H. M.

Patel Institute of English Training and Research.

This short book contains two of Prabhu’s lectures on ELT in India. He presents an overall view of change efforts in ELT in India and the prospects of and problems involved in a continuance of such efforts in future.

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36 Index The bibliography on Continuing Professional Development is an outcome of British Council’s English Partnerships work in India.

We work in collaboration to create new knowledge in the areas of English language and English language teaching.

This bibliography, put together by Amol Padwad and Krishna Kalyan Dixit, in collaboration with Rod Bolitho, is an excellent example where Indian and UK academics have worked together to create a practical resource for those in teacher education and policy making in that area.

The publication of the bibliography is also very timely as it comes against the backdrop of intense discussions in India on teacher education, training and professional development around the provisions and implications of the Right to Education Act.

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