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Volume 10 Issue 1 (June 2000), Pages 3-158

Learners and their meta‐pedagogical awareness (pages 97-124)

This article begins by introducing the concept of meta‐pedagogical awareness The term has its roots in several disciplines, in particular teacher development, language awareness, applied linguistics and educational research into self‐directed/regulated learning. The article then presents two case studies of EFL learners describing and evaluating their lessons, making the point that in the course of face‐to‐face interviews carried out over a ten‐week period, these two individuals manifested a great deal of knowledge about teaching practice (i.e. meta‐pedagogical awareness). Next, three concerns are dealt with – the status of oral data, the practical usefulness of this research, and the question of whether or not meta‐pedagogical awareness is only a useful concept for adult learners. The article closes with a call for more exploration of language learners’meta‐pedagogical awareness.

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