LINGUIST List 33.286

Tue Jan 25 2022

Books: Language Teacher Agency: Tao, Gao

Editor for this issue: Billy Dickson <>

Date: 25-Jan-2022
From: Eleanor Hennerley <>
Subject: Language Teacher Agency: Tao, Gao
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Title: Language Teacher Agency
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Jian Tao
Author: Xuesong (Andy) Gao
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108932769 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 20.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108932769 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 15.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108932769 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 17.51

This Element aims to elucidate the concept of language teacher agency by exploring the 'what' question, offering major conceptualisations of agency and explaining how they shape the way we approach teacher agency. The authors then continue with the 'why' question, and elaborate on the reasons that language teacher agency matters, based on a discussion of the varied purposes of teacher agency at multiple levels. They also acknowledge that teacher agency does not operate alone, and discuss how it intersects with such concepts as teacher identity, emotion, belief and knowledge. Based on this, they identify ways to promote teacher agency through making changes to contexts and/or actors. They then introduce the concept of collective agency and propose a multi-layered model based on an illustrative study. The Element ends with a call for a trans-perspective on understanding language teacher agency so as to facilitate the professional development of language teachers.

1. Introduction; 2. What is agency?; 3. Why teacher agency matters?; 4. Teacher agency intersecting with other key constructs; 5. What can be done to enhance language teachers' sense of agency?; 6. The significance of collective agency; 7. Advancing a trans-perspective in language teacher agency research; References.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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