Language Teacher Agency in Classrooms


Session Title: 


Language Teacher Agency in Classrooms (EVO2022)







This session aims to empower language teachers through developing an ecological perspective of agency. Participants will examine the interplay of various factors influencing teacher agency. They will also reflect upon and share different ways of achieving agency and have a chance to implement language teacher agency in their classrooms.


Target audience:


We aim to connect with pre-service and in-service teachers, teacher trainers, mentors and teacher educators in English language education and those who are interested in exploring their agency in teaching.


Session objectives: 


By the end of this hands-on session, participants will 

     - develop a better understanding of “Language Teacher Agency” and its influencing factors 

     - reflect upon the factors influencing their instructional practices and decision-making in classrooms

     - apply their agency in their current and future teaching 

     - develop tools/strategies to build a supportive community to enhance their agency 

     - share their agency in teaching with other participants in this community of online practice in EVO, and if possible, beyond.



The session syllabus include the major focus for each week and at least one activity or task.

See below.



Week 1: (January 10 - 16) : Understanding Language Teacher Agency (LTA) and Classroom Practice 





  1. Participants register and start setting up a Canvas Free for Teachers site.

  2. Participants make an online video to introduce themselves and post the video in Discussion Forum. 

  3. Participants read short texts on LTA and its connection with classroom practice.

  4. Participants post in Discussion Forum on their understanding of LTA.


Moderators: ALL


Week 2: (January 17 - 23): Exploring the temporal and relational dimensions in achieving agency 





  1. Participants read short texts on iterational, practice-evaluative, projective dimensions of LTA.

  2. Participants post in Discussion Forum on their understanding of the three aspects of LTA.

  3. In the Zoom meeting, participants are given one of the three scenarios and analyze the LTA enacted in the scenarios and share their analyses.


Moderators: ALL 


Week 3: (January 24 - 30): Reflecting upon past influencing factors on agency (past)






Moderators: ALL 


Week 4: (January 31 - February 6): Enacting agency in classrooms and beyond (present)






Moderators: ALL


Week 5: (February 7 - 13): Setting up and sharing further goals (future-oriented)





  1. Participants post their future teaching or career goals in Discussion Forum.

  2. Participants identify approaches in achieving the goals in the Zoom session. 

  3. Participants share their highlights and key takeaways from the course.


Moderators: ALL





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Sponsor(s): Higher Education (HEIS), Teacher Educator (TEIS), Ohio TESOL, and Graduate Student Working Group for Foreign Language Research and Teaching (FLRT).


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Registration starts on Jan 2, 2022. 


To self-enrol in this EVO session, please click, Or, using the following join code: J6EJ9H






Name (last, first)

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Weng, Zhenjie

United States

Zhenjie Weng is a doctoral candidate in the Multilingual Language Education program at The Ohio State University. She also teaches second langauge writing to international undergraduate and graduate students. Her research focuses on second language writing teacher identity, teaching expertise, and teacher agency. In her recent work, she studies graduate level ESL composition teachers' identity construction and teaching practice.



Kim, Grace United States

Grace J. Kim is a doctoral candidate in the Multilingual Language Education program at The Ohio State University. Her research examines language socialization and biliteracy development of emergent bilingual learners, dual language program curriculum design and teacher education, language teacher agency and leadership, and language teaching with technology.

Zhu, Jingyi United States

Jingyi Zhu taught EFL in university settings and now teaches ESL composition at undergraduate and graduate levels. Her interests are L2 reading, arts-based practices in L2 research, and language teacher education.


Primary Contact: 

Zhenjie Weng




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