Reculturing teachers as just the tip of the iceberg: ongoing challenges for the implementation of student-centred EFL learning in Mexico

Bremner, N (2015) 'Reculturing teachers as just the tip of the iceberg: ongoing challenges for the implementation of student-centred EFL learning in Mexico.' MEXTESOL Journal, 39 (3). ISSN 2395-9908

Official URL: http://www.mextesol.net/journal/index.php?page=jou...

Abstract

Mexico has followed global trends in emphasising the need for its citizens to learn English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Unfortunately, the percentage of students who reach desired levels of English in the public education system is currently far from satisfactory. One way in which the Mexican government has tried to address such poor results has been to encourage new teaching approaches. There are certain similarities and differences between these approaches, but arguably the majority of them fall into the general bracket of “student-centred learning”. However, despite several of these approaches being introduced over the last few decades, many Mexican EFL classrooms remain largely teacher-centred. When both beliefs and behaviours are required to change as part of an educational reform, a process called “reculturing” is said to be necessary. This paper suggests that Mexican educational leaders should consider how this reculturing process might be better supported for those teachers who currently believe in more teacher-centred approaches. However, it also strongly emphasises that some form of reculturing must also take place for all the other participants who have a stake in this educational change. These people might include students, parents, teachers of other subjects, school leaders, teacher trainers, educational leaders, designers of high-stakes examinations, employers, and admissions personnel at local and foreign universities.

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Keywords: EFL, student-centred learning, reculturing
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2019 15:36
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