Mike Long

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Whether teachers are aware of it or not, they employ an ideology about teaching which provides the foundation for all aspects of their work. While a teacher should view his or her ideology as something which develops over time, it is often the case that teachers are resistant to change, instead, maintaining a static ideology which is out of touch with the living world of learning. This article focusses on the conditions which encourage ideological change in teachers, and concludes that the most important consideration in fostering ideological changes in the ESL context is better control of the English language itself on the part of non-native English language teachers. With increased confidence will follow a greater open-mindedness to make changes in one's teaching ideology.



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