||Give Me a Clue for Innovative Teaching!
33 , 2017-03-10 , 琉球大学大学院教育学研究科
In this article, I provide a snapshot of an action research project which I undertook in my university-levelEnglish teaching methods courses. The research was inspired by five premises for innovation in Englishlanguage teaching （ELT） by John F. Fanselow （in press）. One of his premises, for example, suggeststhat teachers should be aware of exactly what they are doing in class, via video recording and watching,in contrast to what they think they are doing. Another premise claims that teachers need to make smallchanges in their lessons in order to improve teaching effectiveness. Data were gathered from 34 universitystudents, using classroom observation, essay writing and interviews, to find out their reaction to thecourses. For brevity, in this paper, I deal with only two focal students chosen as a result of a conveniencesampling strategy and a maximum variation strategy. Findings indicate that the two student participantsexperienced a vast variety of feelings and emotions, including doubts, confusions, enlightenments andrevelations, toward the premises and teaching styles that I introduced and modelled during the course. Theparticipants also articulated interesting points of view about innovative teaching. I conclude this paperwith my own personal reflections on this research project and what I learned from it. Based on these, Irecommend that similar research projects should be carried out in diverse school sectors and contexts.