Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, Vol 36, No 1 (2013)

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‘QUALIFIED’? A FRAMEWORK FOR COMPARING ELT TEACHER PREPARATION COURSES

Phiona Stanley, Neil Murray

Abstract


There is no standard via which to measure the ‘qualified’ English language teacher in a way that is meaningful to institutions seeking to employ teaching staff. This is significant given that candidates may differ markedly in their language competence, knowledge about language, methodological skills and ability to explain and justify their praxis and operate in intercultural spaces. In this article, we propose a framework, based on Bourdieu’s (1986) ‘forms of capital’, with a view to helping stakeholders articulate and evaluate teachers’ skills. To demonstrate how this framework might be used, we apply it to two English language teacher qualifications that have wide professional currency: CELTA courses and Masters degrees in ELT/Applied Linguistics.

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