Video, Reflective Practice and Teacher Education, Steve Mann

This talk is aimed at teacher educators who are looking to increase their awareness of the way that digital video can be prioritized and exploited in language teacher education. It has recently been argued that we have reached a ‘tipping point’, where views and practices are changing as we innovate with and adapt to improved capabilities in video technology.

The presentation puts forward an agenda for both pre-service and in-service teacher education. Pre-service education in particular needs to make video analysis, video making and teaching through video more central to the experience of teacher learners. Awareness of how video can help learning both inside and outside of classrooms is crucial too. In a congruent way, video should be part of the teacher education process and evident in input materials, outputs (e.g., assignments) and assessment (e.g., through the use of portfolio assessment that includes video extracts).

The talk provides examples of video use that might promote reflection. It also gives an update on the ViLTE project (Video in Language Teacher Education) and a forthcoming publication on Video in Language Teacher Education.

Dr. Steve Mann (Professor of Applied Linguistics) currently works at the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. He previously lectured at both Aston University and the University of Birmingham. He has experience in Hong Kong, Japan and Europe in both English language teaching and teacher development. Steve supervises a research group of PhD students who are investigating teachers’ education and development. The group’s work considers aspects of teacher development, teacher beliefs and the  development of knowledge, the first year of teaching, reflective practice, mentoring, blended learning, and the use of technology in teacher development. He has published various books including ‘Innovations in Pre-service Teacher Education’ (British Council). His most recent books are ‘The Research Interview: Reflexivity and Reflective Practice in Research Processes’ (Palgrave) and ‘Reflective Practice in English Language Teaching: Research-Based Principles and Practices’ (Routledge).  Email:


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