Teacher Education in CALL
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Chapter 20. Helping Teachers to Help Themselves
Thomas N. Robb, Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan
Even the best of pre- and in-teacher training programs cannot teach all of the required components for effective use of technology in language teaching. This chapter discusses the rationale for autonomous learning and makes specific suggestions for how we can help our teachers to become autonomous learners, such as ensuring that they have a wide knowledge base, making them aware of the range of resources available to them when they run into difficulty and building an attitude conducive to self-discovery. For language program administrators, the article suggests ways to build an atmosphere that encourages teachers to extend their use of technology in the classroom.
The author would like to thank Bernard Susser, Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto, Japan for his careful reading and incisive comments at several points in the development of this article.
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