Learning-as-a-Network Strategic Map

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The objective in completing a learning-as-a-Network Strategic Map (LaaNSM) is to create a space where individual learners can connect with others in ways that foster professional development. This purpose for this LaaNSM is to provide support to EFL/ESL educators interested in becoming a better teacher in terms of (a) being a communicator of the English language, (b) improving one's pedagogical skill set, and (c) increasing one's knowledge of how languages are learned (i.e. applied linguistics). The following questions relate to the heading row:
  • EFL/ESL Educator: Any practicing EFL/ESL educator interested in TESOL
  • Peripheral nodes: Any person, group, organization, online community, or non-human device (i.e., web tools, software, etc.) that supports one's learning
  • Rationale: Why have you chosen these peripheral nodes and explain in terms of why you think it will improve your own teaching practice.
  • Personal learning objectives: Express which area(s) you are focusing on over the next six months in terms of (a) being a communicator of the English language, (b) improving one's pedagogical skill set, and (c) increasing one's knowledge of how languages are learned (i.e. applied linguistics).
  • What kind of help can you give? Given your strengths and opportunities that you have, what knowledge, skills, and habits of mind would you like to share with others?

No. First Name
Title / Position
Personal learning objectives
Peripheral nodes
Rationale What kind of help can you give?
1 Benjamin Stewart M UAA EFL Teacher Educator/Researcher Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico email To become a better communicator of the English language PFLE; META; Wikieducator Become a more efficient and effective leader that impacts those that I connect with in order for them to become more efficient and effective leaders as well Provide assistance in Wikieducator, Curriculum, assessment, & instructional design

Bibliography that supports the notion of professional development among language teachers in terms of language, pedagogy, and linguistics

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Wright, T. & Bolitho, R. (1993). Language awareness: A missing link in language teacher education? ELT Journal, 47(4), 292-304.