Teacher Presence and Classroom Awareness: On the Nature of Critical Incidents in Foreign Language Instruction

  • Danuta Gabryś-BarkerEmail author
Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)


In the development of teacher training programmes reflecting modern ideas in education, which stress autonomy and reflectivity, the concepts of teacher presence and classroom awareness have become basic to our understanding of what teaching and teacher’s role are, in the classroom but also beyond it. Having first defined the concepts of teacher presence and classroom awareness, this paper goes on to look at the phenomenon of the critical incident (CI) in the FL classroom. It aims to define it, discuss its essential structure and components, and comment on ways of identifying and analysing it. It will also offer a practical tool for implementing the study of CIs for the individual teacher, that is, a CI portfolio. The description of the phenomenon of a CI will be illustrated with examples from literature on critical incidents and from my own ongoing study of critical incidents in pre-service EFL teacher training.


Teacher Student Teacher Training Critical Incident Experienced Teacher Novice Teacher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SilesiaKatowicePoland

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