Leadership in the Language Classroom: Implications for Teacher Education

Vincent Troy Greenier* (Corresponding Author)

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There is a growing interest in the pedagogical and professional benefits of classroom leadership in language teaching, and while numerous studies have explored the various characteristics, competences, behaviours and practices of leadership, how to develop these skills through language teacher education and training has not been adequately addressed. This conceptual article examines the existing literature on classroom-based leadership in language teaching, collates the myriad of traits and behaviours reported to encompass leadership qualities and offers a typology for leadership skills that could inform language teacher education and training courses and programmes. Based on the methodologically and theoretically diverse literature on leadership in the language teaching and learning context, two main categories of a guiding typology are proposed, teacher engagement, including reflective practice and differentiating instruction, and factors related to enhancing the learning environment for teachers and students, including teacher empowerment and relationship building. After explicating the categories, recommendations are made for how language teacher education can constructively implement a greater focus on leadership competences and behaviours and devote more attention to instilling within teachers the skills and mindset needed to be effective teachers and committed leaders.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)2-23
Number of pages21
JournalThe European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL
Issue number2
Early online date10 Nov 2023
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2023


  • leadership
  • teacher education
  • engagement
  • reflective practice
  • empowerment


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