What My EFL Students Taught Me
While working at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for a year, I kept
a journal about teaching four sections of a fifteen-week lower-intermediate
speaking and listening course which emphasized learning strategies. My
year of teaching EFL in Asia had a profound effect on me as a teacher,
classroom researcher, and teacher educator. In this talk I will discuss
what I learned from my EFL students in those classes. The data base
for the study consists of my diary entries, lesson plans and teaching materials,
as well as quantitative data on the students' progress.
Kathleen M. Bailey is Professor of Applied Linguistics
at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. During 1996-1997,
she taught EFL in the English Teaching Unit at the Chinese University of
Hong Kong. Her professional interests include teacher education,
language assessment, second language acquisition, and language classroom
research. She is the immediate past president of TESOL.