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The impact of language learning experiences on language teachers’ professional practices: a case study of two language biographies

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Sreemali M. Herath

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, LK
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Postgraduate Institute of English (PGIE)
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Abstract

This study explores the impact of prior language learning experiences on second/foreign language teachers’ professional practices. Drawing on two English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers’ language learning biographies, this paper attempts to understand: a) the nature of nonnative speakers’ language learning experiences, b) how these experiences shape their personal practical knowledge (PPK), and c) how their PPK informs their professional practices. The findings of the study reveal that prior experiences function as a filter, shaping participants’ instructional decisions. The paper concludes with a discussion of implications for second language teacher education.

How to Cite: Herath, S.M., 2020. The impact of language learning experiences on language teachers’ professional practices: a case study of two language biographies. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, 43(2), pp.73–84. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljss.v43i2.7952
Published on 31 Dec 2020.
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