Our new series Explorations: Teaching and Learning English in India brings together thirty three research papers written by practitioners in the field of English language teaching and learning in India, whether teachers, lecturers, educational department personnel or in other roles that involve day to day contact with the teaching and learning of English. All writers participated in the English Language Teaching Research Partnerships (ELTReP) Award programme which supported them in undertaking action research in a wide range of contexts. The papers are presented in a series of eleven issues, each containing three papers and each addressing one of the professional practices detailed in the British Council framework for continuing professional development. Topics include a focus on understanding learners, managing resources and the use of information technology, assessing learners, taking responsibility for continuing professional development and using inclusive and multilingual approaches.
Issue 4: Understanding learners – exploring and applying theories of learning
Issue 4 looks at the professional practice of understanding learners and how theories of learning can be applied. Robert Slattery investigates how teachers generally teach grammar in high schools, and recommends alternative ways of helping learners to achieve greater grammatical competence. Subhra Sarita Samal suggests that phonological awareness training leads to the development of more effective reading skills. Shahila Zafar and Zaved Ahmed Khan recommend the use of a project-based learning approach and provide evidence of its effect on motivation and performance.