Toru's TESOL Life

My Reflective Thought on TESOL-related Lecture,Books,and Articles. Also, Useful Information Links. This blog stops posting new articles now. My current blog is as follows. This blog is mainly on thought about my teaching days and private life. http://olympicsmemorial.blogspot.com/

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Experience or theory

I have noticed my contradiction within myself recently.

During five years i worked as an English teacher, I did not like teachers who heavily focused on their own experiences. Experience, not supported by theory or more borader shared experiences, is not meaningful, i thought then.

However, during the two years in Temple grad school, i have not been for the classmates who focuses only on theory. I am tempted to be against them with my own experiences.

That's my contradiction.

What i need is balance between theory and experience. In other words, practical theory that are likely to be tuned to thoughts of individual teachers, and inter-subjective experiences that are likely to be beefed up into publicable level.

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