Language and Education Network - Research Seminar

Specific aspects of English language teachers‘ professional development

A Graduate School of Education research event
Date9 November 2020
Time17:00 to 18:00

Britta Viebrock (Goethe University, Frankfurt): Specific aspects of English language teachers‘ professional development: transcultural awareness and transcultural competences

My presentation focuses on English language teacher professionalism with regard to transcultural awareness and the development of transcultural competences. While teacher professionalism is an expanding field of research, which on a macro-level has shown the relevance of biographical influences, professional competences and structural conditions, micro-level studies focusing on subject-specific competence domains are scarce. Against this background, I will discuss findings from videotaped English lessons, which were based on fictions of migration, and follow-up interviews with four teachers in the light of the discourse on professionalism. After defining 'transcultural awareness' and 'transcultural competences', I will review the existing research on English language teacher professionalism in general and concerning this specific domain. I will present some particularly salient data examples to illustrate the challenges micro-level teacher professionalism is faced with. My presentation ends with implications for supporting professional development by way of focusing on teachers’ 'professional vision' and reflective competences.


ProviderGraduate School of Education
Intended audienceAcademic staff and students
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OrganizerPhil Durrant
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