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Enhancing pedagogical roles of ESL/EFL native and non-native teachers through team teaching: How to make this 'International Partnership' successful


Jang, SH and Nguyen, HB and Yang, Y, Enhancing pedagogical roles of ESL/EFL native and non-native teachers through team teaching: How to make this 'International Partnership' successful, The International Journal of Learning, 17, (9) pp. 249-258. ISSN 1447-9494 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.18848/1447-9494/cgp/v17i09/47253


In most Asian countries, team teaching of native English speaking (NES) and non-native English speaking (NNES) teachers in ESL/EFL classrooms has been popular over the past decades. The main rationale behind this coordinative approach is that this unique team with different backgrounds and expertise can complement each other to maximise efficiency in their common mission of language teaching. Therefore, this joint collaboration in ESL/EFL teaching of NES and NNES teachers is believed to present significant benefits for both teachers and students in addition to offering a deeper insight into cross-cultural teamwork. However, there are a number of issues concerning the roles between NES and NNES teachers, particularly in addressing the questions: who is better and who is the ESL/EFL specialist in charge. This paper provokes a rethinking of the relationship and coordination between NES and NNES teachers through answering these questions. Furthermore, it suggests the idea of finding suitable roles for both teachers to create more effective intercultural teaching and learning programs. It also discusses how we may methodologically best combine the essence of both Asian and Western approaches and perspectives and how this 'international partnership' can be possibly successful. © Common Ground, Sun Hee Jang, Boi Hoang Nguyen, Yang Yang.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cross-cultural, collaboration, native and non-native ESL/EFL teachers, team teaching, ESL/EFL Teaching, professional development
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Comparative and cross-cultural education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jang, SH (Dr Sunny Jang)
UTAS Author:Nguyen, HB (Dr Hoang Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Yang, Y (Dr Yang Yang)
ID Code:68069
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2011-03-09
Last Modified:2014-12-19
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