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Beliefs in Second Language Acquisition: Teacher

  1. Ana Maria Ferreira Barcelos,
  2. Paula Kalaja

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0083

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

How to Cite

Ferreira Barcelos, A. M. and Kalaja, P. 2012. Beliefs in Second Language Acquisition: Teacher. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Research into teacher beliefs is a relatively new topic in language education; however, in the field of education it was addressed as early as the mid-1970s. In his study, now a classic, Lortie (1975) looked at the socialization into teaching of first-language teachers. The study marked a change in paradigm. Previously, teaching had been viewed as a process-product with an emphasis on teacher behavior and learning outcomes. Now, teacher thinking and knowledge are recognized as playing an important role in teaching. Teaching began to be studied from an emic, or insider, perspective, and so research into what is now known as teacher thinking, teacher cognition, teacher learning, or teacher knowledge was born.


  • language teaching;
  • second language acquisition;
  • teaching methods in applied linguistics