Online Discussion on Teacher Effectiveness in ELT, 19-20 January

Today and tomorrow (19-20 January) the TESOL Community is hosting an online discussion on empirical and practical perspectives on teacher effectiveness in ELT, which will also be the topic of my Presidential Plenary at the TESOL 2012 Annual Convention & English Language Expo. The plenary is scheduled for 8:30 am, Friday, 30 March.

The online discussion is already underway. I have posted an introduction and some questions to think about, and I’ll be checking in as time permits to reply to comments.

This discussion is the first in a series of online discussions with the TESOL 2012 keynote speakers. For information on future discussions, please visit the TESOL website.

You can access the discussion by visiting the TESOL Community. Everyone can read the discussion. TESOL members and registered convention attendees can post comments. Nonmembers who would like to post must register for the discussion. (It’s free!)

About Christine

Christine Coombe has a Ph.D in Foreign/Second Language Education from The Ohio State University. She is currently on the English faculty of Dubai Men's College. She is the former Testing and Measurements Supervisor at UAE University and Assessment Coordinator of Zayed University. Christine is co-editor of Assessment Practices (2003, TESOL Publications); co-author, A Practical Guide to Assessing English Language Learners (2007, University of Michigan Press); co-editor, Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness in EF/SL Contexts (2007, UMP); co-editor, Language Teacher Research in the Middle East (2007, TESOL Publications), Leadership in English Language Teaching and Learning (2008, UMP) and Applications of Task-based Learning in TESOL (2010, TESOL Publications). Christine’s forthcoming books are on task-based learning and reigniting, retooling and retiring in English language teaching. Christine has lived and worked in the Arabian Gulf for the past 19 years. In this capacity, she has served as President of TESOL Arabia and as the founder and co-chair of the TESOL Arabia Testing Special Interest Group who organize the Current Trends in English Language Testing (CTELT) Conference. During her tenure in the Middle East, she has won many awards including: 2002 Spaan Fellowship for Research in Second/Foreign Language Assessment; 2002-03 TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award; TOEFL Board Grant for 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08 and 2009-10 for her work in delivering assessment training assessment in developing countries. Most recently she served on the TESOL Board of Directors as Convention Chair for Tampa 2006 and was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Teacher of the Year for 2003-04. She is currently TESOL President (2010-2013).
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