Teacher Development SIG of JALT:

Using Video in Language Teacher Education

Date: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Steve Mann (University of Warwick), Robin Skipsey (British Council), Davey Young (Rikkyo University), Matthew W. Turner (Toyo University)

During the last few decades, there has been an increase in both the use of digital video and understanding of the role it can play in teacher education (Baecher et al., 2018). It has been claimed that this can have a positive impact on trainee and in-service teachers' engagement, motivation and autonomy. This event considers Major and Watson's view that beliefs and practices are changing fast and the emergence of recent video-capable technologies is something of a 'tipping point' (2018: 50). This interactive forum, hosted by the Teacher Development (TD) SIG, will feature both presentation and interview sessions. The three invited speakers will each present about using video for language teacher education purposes with regard to their individual institutional perspectives.

In response to these presentations, the invited speakers will then engage with each other in interview sessions. It is hoped that this dialogic element to the forum will help both the speakers and attendees to gain a richer and more collaborative understanding of this forum's central theme and each other's work.

Beyond the tipping-point; a video agenda for language teacher education
(Steve Mann)
It has recently been argued that we have reached a 'tipping point', where views and practices are changing as we innovate with and adapt to improved capabilities in video technology. Successful pre-service and in-service education and development should embed chances for collaborative reflection on video, for example, so that CPD involving video (either reflecting on one's own or others') becomes more familiar and likely in future teacher development. This talk is aimed at prompting discussion among teacher educators so that we can increase our awareness of the ways that digital video can be prioritized and exploited in language teacher education.

Using video in a large-scale national teacher development project in Japan
(Robin Skipsey)
Between 2014 and 2019, the British Council ran a large-scale teacher development project on behalf of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). This project trained over 80,000 school teachers at primary and secondary level and aimed to support them in a move towards more communication-focused approaches to English language teaching. In this presentation I will talk about how we used video on this project to help teachers monitor their own learning and to provide schools across Japan with concrete examples of how more interactive language use can be implemented into Elementary, Junior and Senior High school classes.

Video observations for principled teacher development and quality assurance in a unified syllabus
(Davey Young)
Rikkyo University's English Discussion Class uses a strongly unified syllabus and communicative approach to teach academic discussion skills to more than 4,500 first-year students divided into classes of seven to nine. Four program managers oversee a principled video observation system that combines summative and formative modes of evaluation for the course's 42 full-time instructors. This system helps ensure that all students can achieve the same learning outcomes through a standardized teaching methodology while simultaneously fostering reflective practice among instructors. The principles, procedures, and future challenges of this observation system will be outlined from the perspectives of quality assurance and reflective teacher development.

Organization: Teacher Development Special Interest Group, Japan Association for Language Teaching (Teacher Development SIG of JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: Free
Non-members: 500 yen

Venue: Toyo University, Hakusan Campus, Building 10, Room A101

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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