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Short-term international experiences and teacher language awareness


Lesley Harbon
Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, Australia
 l.harbon@edfac.usyd.edu.au

 

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Abstract

This research study had as its focus the impact of a short-term international experience on teacher language awareness (TLA). In-country intensive immersion experiences were considered beneficial for language teacher professional development. This project examined the Australian teachers' perceptions of their teaching and home-stay experiences during a three week short-term international teaching and homestay experience in South Korea. Findings suggested that teacher language awareness was indeed heightened through the extra metalinguistic awareness gained through systematic reflection on teaching and learning events.

Short-term international experiences; teacher language awareness (TLA); teacher reflection, homestay experience, South Korea

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Harbon, L. (2007). Short-term international experiences and teacher language awareness. International Education Journal, 8 (1), 229-243.
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