Exploring Learner-Centered Practice Through Mini-Inquiry Projects (Teacher Research) (ELL-U)
This study circle is a follow-up to ELL-U’s Learner-Centered Practice in Adult ESL training event, which focused on learner-centered principles and practices in adult English as a second language education. Building on Weinstein’s learner-centered principles, participants will identify an area to explore in their classrooms over a period of at least three months (actual amount of time can be determined by the state). Through this study circle, participants will deepen their understanding of effective learner-centered approaches and learn how to use teacher inquiry to test promising learner-centered strategies that actively engage learners. Through Allwright and Hanks’ exploratory practice lens, participants will also consider the role of adult English language learners as practitioners of learning in classroom-based inquiry.