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Video in Language Teacher Education

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Research Team Members

Steve Mann (Project Leader) (University of Warwick)

Andrew Davidson (University of Warwick); Tilly Harrison (University of Warwick); Jo Gakonga (University of Warwick); Penny Mosavian (University of Warwick); Lynnette Richards (University of Warwick)


Overview

This project will map the use of video in language teacher education and showcase examples of good practice on a publicly available website. The project will feature a range of teacher training contexts (adults only), from initial short pre-service teaching courses to longer teacher education programmes (e.g. MA level). Specifically, it aims to review and detail digital video use in the field of language teacher education, while also reviewing use in other fields of education (e.g. maths teaching, health care). The project also aims to build a community of practice (through collection of case studies and vignettes) to share innovative and effective video and visual media use in language teacher education.

The ‘benefit’ will be enhancing language teacher trainers’ choices and understanding of the use of video and video technologies in language teacher training. During the last few decades, there has been an increase in both use and understanding of the role digital video can play in teacher training and development. In short, digital video allows more possibilities in language teacher education environments for context-sensitive awareness raising.

The research project will collect and evaluate a range of practices where video, screen capture and audio-visual tools and frameworks are used in innovative ways in teacher training and development. The project will have three outputs: there will be a research report of teacher training and development practices using video, screen capture and audio-visual tools; there will also be a website where examples of video practices with commentaries and pdf files can be uploaded and made available to interested parties. Towards the end of the project, there will be a video conference for participants and to disseminate findings and good practice to a wider audience of teacher educators (via Adobe Connect).