Enhancing TESOL Pre-service Teachers’ Understanding of Language Use with Digital Technologies

Zacharias, S. (2023) Enhancing TESOL Pre-service Teachers’ Understanding of Language Use with Digital Technologies. Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) Annual conference 2023, Queen Margaret University, Musselburg, 22-24 November 2023. (Accepted for Publication)

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The importance for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) pre-service language teachers to have Knowledge About Language (KAL) and to be able to apply this knowledge to their teaching is well recognised to be a key curriculum goal (Marr and English, 2019). Yet, many TESOL students find applying their knowledge of language systems to current teaching situations challenging. Drawing on an approach to understanding language use that focuses on how different meanings of words are motivated, often through metaphorical extension, and how this corelates to our embodied understanding of the world around us, I will show how students by actively creating multimodal and multilingual representations of words and phrases enhances their conceptual understanding of the language systems and capacity to apply their knowledge in their teaching. In this talk, I will demonstrate how I worked with a cohort of mainly international student-teachers (n=192) to co-create and share via digital platforms (e.g., CANVA) their own multimodal artefacts and teaching templates (videos, photos, images and 3D simulations, texts), thereby enhancing their and conceptual understanding of a key aspect of the TESOL curriculum. A survey and focus group showed that the intervention promoted collaboration, creativity and critical engagement amongst the student-teachers, despite challenges with regards to its applicability and compatibility with the student-teachers' own language belief systems.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Keywords:Language teaching, Knowledge About Language, multimodality, embodiment.
Status:Accepted for Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Zacharias, Dr Sally
Authors: Zacharias, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy
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