Reflecting on Leadership in Language Education
Although there are many aspects of language education that have been covered extensively in the literature, from methodologies to technologies, Leadership in Language Education (LiLE) has received very little attention – until recently.
As the world saw, during the global pandemic, poor leadership at the highest levels costs lives. The world needs better leaders -- at every level of society -- and Reflecting on Leadership in Language Education represents the first time that Reflective Practice has been positioned at the forefront of leadership development in language education. It is also the first book ever to bring together 300 years of LiLE experience into a single volume, capturing the insights from three centuries of lived LiLE experiences for the generations of leaders to come.
Published: Jan 27, 2022
|Series Editor's Preface||Thomas Farrell|
|Introduction and Overview: Reflecting on Leadership in Times of Crisis||Andy Curtis|
|Chapter 1: Learning from the Life Stories of Others|
|Introduction to the Question One Responses||Andy Curtis|
|The Question One Responses||Okon Effiong, Christel Broady, Leo Mercado, Andy Curtis, Marjorie Rosenberg, Rosemary DePetro Orlando, Rosa Aronson, Deborah Healey, Neil J. Anderson, Kathleen M. Bailey|
|Chapter 2: The Multiplicity of Meanings of RP|
|Introduction to the Question Two Responses||Andy Curtis|
|The Question Two Responses||Okon Effiong, Christel Broady, Leo Mercado, Andy Curtis, Marjorie Rosenberg, Rosemary DePetro Orlando, Rosa Aronson, Deborah Healey, Neil J. Anderson, Kathleen M. Bailey|
|Chapter 3: The Challenges of Doing RP|
|Introduction to the Question Three Responses||Andy Curtis|
|The Question Three Responses||Okon Effiong, Christel Broady, Leo Mercado, Andy Curtis, Marjorie Rosenberg, Rosemary DePetro Orlando, Rosa Aronson, Deborah Healey, Neil J. Anderson, Kathleen M. Bailey|
|Chapter 4: Reflecting on Leadership Challenges in Language Education|
|Introduction to the Question Four Responses||Andy Curtis|
|The Question Four Responses|
|Recapping and Reflecting Forward||Andy Curtis|
One could say the book is like a kaleidoscope or patchwork; it does not flow smoothly and you cannot read it in one or a few sittings. But this is its beauty. Professional development and reflection require pausing, reflecting about experiences and planning ahead. The readers of the book will pick it up, put it down; they may need or simply enjoy longer reflective breaks. This book offers ample reflective incidents, events or even adventures; it is a unique personal experience.
Humanising Language Teaching
Reflective practice is already an important concept in education and in management and is likely to increase in importance as an essential skill and attitude of mind for teachers, trainers and leaders in language education. This addition to Equinox Publishing’s expanding list of studies of the role of reflective practice in language education is important for researchers and for teachers in administrative and leading teaching and teacher training roles. As well as its extensive use of reference its dynamic quality comes from the actual reflections of leaders in language education about their lives, their teaching and their working in running teaching organisations.
Training, Language and Culture
Will appeal to a wide market of leaders and aspiring leaders in the language education industry. While many publications of this type have tended to focus on the teacher, this instalment bridges the gap between leader and reflective practice. Curtis' first hand experience as an industry leader and knowledge of the pressures placed on those working in management positions across the language education sector enable him to present the stories of these ten leaders as illustrative, reflective models that are both instructive and inspirational.
English Australia Journal
Academic leaders, including programme managers, teacher educators and language teachers, will undoubtedly find keen insights contained within the pages of this streamlined book. It is an enjoyable read and offers sage advice for current leaders and those aspiring to leadership positions.