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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:35 am    Post subject: professional development question Reply with quote


I am a retired EFL teacher and have a few questions for those still in the field. During my time teaching, in the Middle East, Japan, Korea, at the high school and university level, I rarely, if ever saw any instructor using the IPA to teach pronunciation. Actually, I did see one teacher use it on his power point presentations to introduce new vocabulary, and that was at a university in Saudi Arabia. I completed a Master's in Education with a concentration in TEFL, and received only on Introductory Linguistics course, and some linguistics basics in a CELTA I took several years later. From what I was told before I completed graduate studies, was that an MA in Applied Linguistics was superior to any post-secondary studies/advanced degree in EFL/TEFL. However, as I mentioned, I rarely witnessed colleagues using linguistic terminology in their classroom, for example, when assessing a student's oral communication skills, identifying some elision problems and noting them in assessment.

Just would like to know what others think?

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