Promoting In-Service teachers’ conceptual development and pedagogical beliefs in the L2 classroom
Keywords:Dynamic Assessment, Concept-based instruction, teacher cognition, beliefs, aspect
This article on teacher cognition explores the implementation of an interactionist Dynamic Assessment (DA) model for mediating and ascertaining in-service L2 teachers’ microgenetic conceptual development after being exposed to Concept- Based Instruction (CBI). Although the effectiveness of this instructional approach in the development of L2 instructors (van Compernolle and Henery, 2015; Williams, Abraham, and Negueruela, 2013), and the use of DA to facilitate L2 development (Anton, 2009; Davin, 2013; Lantolf and Poehner, 2011, 2014; Poehner, 2008) have been both investigated, there is no research addressing the role of DA in fostering the development of in-service L2 teachers’ conceptual language awareness after being exposed to CBI. This article intends to address this gap by exploring the case study of Glinda (pseudonym), an experienced in-service teacher of Spanish whose L1 was also Spanish, and her developing linguistic and pedagogical beliefs regarding the concept of aspect before and after conceptual instruction.
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