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Religious Faith and Teacher Knowledge in English Language Teaching

Author(s): Bradley Baurain

Book Description

The field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) stands at an active crossroads – issues of language, culture, learning, identity, morality, and spirituality mix daily in classrooms around the world. What roles might teachers’ personal religious beliefs play in their professional activities and contexts?

Until recently, such questions had been largely excluded from academic conversations in TESOL. Yet the qualitative research at the core of this book, framed and presented within a teacher knowledge paradigm, demonstrates that personal faith and professional identities and practices can, and do, interact and interrelate in ways that are both meaningful and problematic. This study’s Christian TESOL teacher participants, working overseas in Southeast Asia, perceived, explained, and interpreted a variety of such connections within their lived experience.

As a result, the beliefs-practices nexus deserves to be further theorized, researched, and discussed. Religious beliefs and human spirituality, as foundational and enduring aspects of human thought and culture, and thus of teaching and learning, deserve a place at the TESOL table.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-8262-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-8262-3
Date of Publication: 01/12/2015
Pages / Size: 190 / A5
Price: £41.99


Now at Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School in Chicago, Bradley Baurain has taught for more than 20 years in the United States, Canada, China, and Vietnam. He has co-edited two books and published articles in journals including ELT Journal, TESOL Journal, and the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education. His scholarly interests also include teacher development, narrative inquiry, and literature in language education.