Reflecting on the Learning-Teaching Nexus through Exploratory Practice with Dr. Cori Crane

NOTE: Date, Time, and Location Change!

Wed, September 23, 2015 | Lone Star room, UNB 3.208

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SPECIAL DATE, TIME, AND LOCATION THIS MONTH! 4-5PM, UNION LONE STAR ROOM

Join us for coffee/tea and a great presentation from Dr. Cori Crane, Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies. She will present "Reflecting on the Learning-Teaching Nexus through Exploratory Practice." 

Over the past 25 years, reflective practice has become an essential component in second language teacher education and ongoing professional development for language teachers as they connect and interrogate learned theories, experiential knowledge about the classroom, and prior beliefs and assumptions about learning and teaching (Wright, 2010). Of the many reflective teaching models available, Exploratory Practice (Allwright, 2003, 2005; Allwright & Hanks, 2009) has gained in popularity among language teachers for its holistic orientation that encourages language teachers and learners to look at classroom life not as ‘problems’ that need to be solved, but rather as ‘puzzles’ one tries to understand better. A primary goal in the framework is to understand the life of the classroom in a manageable, sustainable way in order to develop understanding without leading to teacher burn-out. Thus, Exploratory Practice encourages drawing on pedagogical resources that are already part of teachers’ good teaching practices (such as class discussion) and, importantly, including learners in the ongoing reflective practice.

This talk provides an introduction to the Exploratory Practice model. The framework’s major tenets and constructs are first presented, followed by case studies of collegiate foreign language teachers who have worked with Exploratory Practice to show their development as teachers, as well as discuss opportunities and challenges associated with the framework. Finally, language teachers interested in learning more about Exploratory Practice are invited to participate in a reflective teaching group based on the model this semester and supported by the Texas Language Center.

Note: A sign language interpreter will be present.

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