Jack C. Richards是世界知名第二语言和外语教学专家、应用语言学家、教育家，曾在新西兰、加拿大、印度尼西亚、新加坡、中国香港和美国等多个国家和地区工作，多年来致力于研究教学实践和教师专业发展。本书收录了作者在学术生涯中发表的关于第二语言教师教育的精品文章，集中探讨了教师的身份认同、教育信念、教学技能以及教学实践之间的互动关系，并阐释了教师教育对教师专业发展的推动作用。全书文章发表的时间跨度超过20年，集作者在语言教学与教师教育领域理论与实证研究之大成，为教师、教师教育者和研究人员提供了宝贵的学术资源。
‘世界知名语言学家论丛（第一辑）”由上海外语教育出版社约请国际知名学者、英语教育专家 Rod Ellisi教授担任主编。丛书作者均为国际应用语言学领域耳熟能详的权威专家。丛书中的每一本聚焦应用语言学领域的一个特定主题，收录一位在该研究领域最有建树和影响力的语言学家一生中最重要的经典文章，如: Rod Ellis:《语法学习与教学》； Paul Nation:《词汇学习与教学》； Charles Alderson:《语言测试》，等等。书中的每篇文章经由精心挑选，既有对某一领域理论主题的深入阐述，又探讨了对第二语言教学和测试颇具意义的话题；除了作者一生的代表性作品外，还有不少新作，体现了作者的思索过程和研究轨迹，也展示了应用语言学领域发展历程中理论和研究逐步完善的一个个精彩镜头。
This book is a collection of articles for the series Language Teaching and Testing-Selected Works of Renowned Applied Linguists. This series collects articles written by a number of leading applied linguists. Each collection focuses on a specific area of research in applied linguistics. Previous books have addressed the following topics: grammar learning and teaching, vocabulary language learning task-based language teaching, second language motivation language testing, and writing in a second language. The aim of each book is to bring together older and more recent articles to show the development of the author s work over his/her lifetime. The articles are selected to address both theoretical issues relevant to a Particular area of enquiry and also to discuss Issues of significance to the teaching or testing of a second language (L2). As a whole, the series provides a survey of applied linguistics as this relates to language learning, language pedagogy and language testing.
Each book begins with an autobiographical introduction by the author in which he/she locates the issues that have been important in his/her lifetimes work and how this work has evolved over time. The introduction also provides an outline of the authors professional career. The bulk of the book consists of chapters based on articles published over the author’s lifespan. A concluding chapter draws together the various threads that have appeared in the previous chapters.
Each book, then, will contain articles that cover the authors career (over thirty years in some cases). Not surprisingly there are likely to be shifts (and possible contradictions) in the author’s positioning on the issues addressed, reflecting the changes in theory and research focus that have occurred in the specific area of enquiry over a period of time. Thus, the articles will not necessarily reflect a consistent theoretical perspective, There is merit in this, Readers will be able to see how theory and research have developed. In other words, each book provides a snapshot of the kinds of developments that have occurred in the applied linguistic field under consideration.
I first became aware of Jack Richards research when I became interested the 1970s. He edited a book called"Error in second language acquisition in the 1970s. Analysis that include his own paper on social factors and interlanguage along with a number of other seminal papers, Jack, however, did not pursue his early work on learner errors and language learning. Instead he pursued a highly productive career in writing ELT course books and switched the focus of his academic writing from learners and learning to teachers and teaching. His interest lies in the kind of knowledge that informs the practice of teaching and related to this, teachers professional development.
This collection of his published articles addresses issues of direct relevance to teacher education-how teachers sense of identity and their beliefs about teaching relate to their skill as teachers and to their practical actions. It also includes proposals for how teacher education can contribute to teachers professional development. There is no Person better equipped to write about materials design in language teacher education-the final article in the book. Jack is adept at making research and theoretical ideas accessible to readers. This book is a valuable resource for teachers, teacher educators and researchers, who are interested in why teachers teach in the way they do and what can be done to assist their development.