Bringing together a comprehensive range of extended research-based chapters, English Language Teacher Preparation in Asia provides comprehensive insight into policy, research, and practical aspects of teacher preparation for English teachers at pre-service level across multiple contexts in Asia.

Written by local and international scholars specialising in TESOL Teacher education, and acknowledging the increasingly complex demands made on teachers of English in view of globalisation, the book explores the multiple factors which are key to effective professional learning. Chapters consider how pre-service teachers are best prepared for the diverse contexts in which English is learnt and taught in settings throughout Asia and draw on in-depth research studies to provide rich, fully contextualised coverage of aspects of teacher preparation including curriculum design, programme development, policy, professional learning communities, assessment education, and teaching practicum.

A timely contribution to the field of teacher preparation, this text will be an invaluable resource for teacher educators, pre-service teachers and academics involved in the preparation of English teachers in Asia.


“This volume is an important contribution to the literature on English teacher preparation. It is well-conceived, accessibly written, and timely. It provides insights into the theoretical and practical aspects of pre-service English teacher preparation for undergraduate and graduate students, policy designers, English language teachers, teacher educators and academics. I predict it will become an enlightening read within the Asian continent and beyond.”

— Yasemin Kırkgöz, Çukurova University, Turkey

“This 300-page volume appropriates ample space to each chapter which can read as a well-organized research article collected for the overarching theme of English teacher preparation in East/Southeast Asia. The amount of scholarly knowledge base about teacher training experienced by Asian English teachers pales by comparison to the surging body of literature on the status quo of English teaching and learning in the region. This timely edited book fills the void, bringing together more than ten teachers, teacher trainers, budding scholars and experienced TESOL professionals who have insightful research findings and discussion about local pre-service teachers’ identity and teacher preparation programs. It serves as an ideal resource book for anyone who needs to keep abreast of all the changes, challenges and advances happening in the world’s biggest and most dynamic teacher training community.”

— Yoko Kobayashi, Associate Professor, Iwate University, Japan

“Regarding the scant attention dedicated to teacher education in the Asian context, I find English Language Teacher Preparation in Asia: Policy, Research and Practice, edited by Subhan Zein and Richmond Stroupe, a timely contribution to the field of teacher preparation, particularly at the pre-service level, since it encompasses such a wide spectrum of topics, including programme development, professional learning communities, curriculum design, teaching practicum, and teacher assessment. Structurally, this thought-provoking volume comprises 15 chapters, subsumed under four sections. The succinct and informative opening chapter, by Subhan Zein, is suggestive of what awaits the reader in the subsequent chapters. Bearing globalisation in mind, Zein foregrounds the decisive impetus and astute needs of student-teachers with respect to education, economy, and politics for teacher preparation in ASEAN Plus Three countries… the value of this volume lies in the treasure trove of information collected in well-paced chapters which brilliantly capture some of the quintessential elements of pre-service teacher preparation with regard to the pervasive role of globalisation and internationalisation… I have gained thought-provoking insights from these coherent, comprehensive, and empirically validated chapters, each of which provides a springboard for analysing, discussing, and implementing changes in programme development, curriculum design, teaching practicum, and teacher assessment which are inextricably bound to globalisation…” Read More

– Ali Derakhshan, Professor, Golestan University, Iran

Review appearing in 2019 in System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics. Volume 84, pp. 160-165. doi: 10.1016/j.system.2019.06.003