Peer Observation of Language Teaching: A Reflective Approach to Teaching


  • Anna Nunan UCD



Peer Observation, Language Teaching, Reflective Practice


Peer observation of teaching has increasingly been considered as a means of promoting reflective practice for language teachers. An interactive model is critical to the success of the observation process as it is structured, supportive and emphasises choice, control and observation between equals. The insistence on an information flow aimed at the observed helps reaffirm the idea that observation is not an administrative exercise but a beneficial process for the teacher and learner. If peer observation can uncover some of the assumptions teachers use to shape language teaching, including the resistance to teaching as an open practice, an improvement of existing approaches to language teaching may be within reach.

Author Biography

Anna Nunan, UCD

Dr Anna Nunan is a Lecturer in TESOL at the Applied Language Centre, University College Dublin and Module Coordinator for a large-scale university-wide language programme. Recently she has focused on the development of innovative models of language teaching, CEFR applications and language teacher education in Higher Education.




How to Cite

Nunan, A. (2018). Peer Observation of Language Teaching: A Reflective Approach to Teaching. TEANGA, the Journal of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics, 24, 70–82.