Language Teacher Psychology

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-01-31
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters

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To date, the majority of work in language learning psychology has focused on the learner. In contrast, relatively little attention has been paid to teacher psychology. This volume seeks to redress the imbalance by bringing together various strands of research into the psychology of language teachers. It consists of 19 contributions on well-established areas of teacher psychology, as well as areas that have only recently begun to be explored. This original collection, which covers a multitude of theoretical and methodological perspectives, makes a significant contribution to the emerging field of language teacher psychology as a domain of inquiry within language education.

Author Biography

Sarah Mercer is the Head of the ELT Research and Methodology section at the University of Graz, Austria. She is interested in all aspects of language learning psychology, in particular self-related constructs, motivation, affect, agency, mindsets, and belief systems. She is co-editor of Positive Psychology in SLA (with Peter MacIntyre and Tammy Gregersen) and Multiple Perspectives of the Self in SLA (with Marion Williams). Achilleas Kostoulas taught English in schools in Greece before moving into language teacher education. He completed a PhD at the University of Manchester, UK and now works in the Department of English Studies at the University of Graz, Austria, where he teaches courses in ELT and Applied Linguistics. His research interests focus on the psychology of language learning and teaching.

Table of Contents

About The Editors

About The Authors

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List of Abbreviations

Zoltán Dörnyei: Foreword

1. Sarah Mercer and Achilleas Kostoulas: Introduction to Language Teacher Psychology

2. Phil Hiver, Tae-Young Him and Youngmi Kim: Language Teacher Motivation

3. Paula Kalaja and Katja Mäntylä: ‘An English Class of My Dreams': Envisioning Teaching a Foreign Language

4. Taguhi Sahakyan, Martin Lamb and Gary Chambers: Language Teacher Motivation: From the Ideal to the Feasible Self

5. Manka M. Varghese: Drawing On Cultural Models and Figured Worlds to Study Language Teacher Education and Teacher Identity

6. Wendy Li and Peter I. De Costa: Exploring Novice EFL Teachers' Identity Development: A Case Study of Two EFL Teachers in China

7. Anne Feryok: Language Teacher Cognition: An Emergent Phenomenon in an Emergent Field

8. Mark Wyatt: Language Teacher Self-Efficacy Beliefs: An Introduction

9. Jim King and Kwan-Yee Sarah Ng: Teacher Emotions and the Emotional Labour of Second Language Teaching

10. Christina Gkonou and Sarah Mercer: The Relational Beliefs and Practices of Highly Socio-Emotionally Competent Language Teachers

11. Jean-Marc Dewaele and Sarah Mercer: Variation in ESL/EFL Teachers' Attitudes towards Their Students

12. Cynthia J. White: Language Teacher Agency

13. Joseph Falout and Tim Murphey: Teachers Crafting Job Crafting

14. Phil Hiver: Teachstrong: The Power of Teacher Resilience for L2 Practitioners

15. Achilleas Kostoulas and Anita Lämmerer: Making the Transition into Teacher Education: Resilience as a Process of Growth

16. Tammy Gregersen and Peter D. MacIntyre: Signature Strengths as a Gateway to Mentoring: Facilitating Emergent Teachers' Transition into Language Teaching

17. Rebecca L. Oxford, Andrew D. Cohen and Virginia G. Simmons: Psychological Insights from Third-Age Teacher Educators

18. Mehvish Saleem: Exploring Language Teacher Psychology: A Case Study from a Holistic Perspective

19. Achilleas Kostoulas and Sarah Mercer: Conclusions: Lessons Learnt, Promising Perspectives.

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