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Action research communities for language teachers


Overview
Getting into
Action research
Resources and activities
Success stories
Glossary and
Bibliography

How can I start my action research?

Download dialogue sheet in English or German

Instructions for use

The dialogue sheet is designed to help you as you set out on the journey. Working with images is a good way to generate ideas and to start up discussions; it can be a lighter way to approach action research and this dialogue sheet can be used at workshops in a flexible way. Read more


Checklist

Checklist for your action research project in the language classroom

Download checklist in English or German

The checklist offers points of reference which can be helpful to find a way into action research and to keep on track throughout the process. 

The ARC-Checklist is divided into four sections:

  • Setting the scene: thoughts before starting
  • Starting out: prerequisites and pitfalls in the early stages
  • How am I doing: keeping on track
  • Was this action research? A look back with a view to future projects

Exploring action research. How to plan for a workshop for language teachers


 The ARC model Action Research workshop is intended as a flexible workshop template for teacher trainers in initial teacher education and continuing professional development.


The trialled template is an open educational resource providing a suggested time plan for a two to three-day workshop introducing action research as an inspiring way for teachers to develop their work in the classroom. The template includes links to both action research and content-pack activities.

This template is also explained in the following article: Babylonia 2/2019, Konrad/Steiner


Activities for exploring action research

The Action Research workshop template includes links to both action research and content pack activities. Here is a list of all the materials that can be used in this exercise:

Module 1

  1. The language tree
  2. Suitcase
  3. The alphabet
  4. Analytic conversation
  5. Walk and talk
  6. Memos

Module 2

  1. Action research communities for language teachers, an ECML project
  2. Babylonia article Konrad/Steiner - forthcoming

  3. Illustration of islands on intercultural learning in the language classroom

  4. Reading around intercultural themes

  5. Island feedback

Module 3

  1. Group diamond activity to find a common vision

  2. Planning lessons
  3. Check: Is it action research or lesson planning? 
    Planning teaching and planning action research
  4. Dialogue sheet
  5. Wailing wall

Module 4

  1. Lesson formats on intercultural learning in the languages classroom: some plans

  2. Paper-ball evaluation



Getting into action research

Please start from the bottom!

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