Communities of Practice in Language Education

Javier Muñoz-Basols, Carlos Soler Montes*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter explores the nature of Communities of Practice (CoPs), describing them as dynamic, self-organizing groups that unite individuals with shared interests and expertise for the purpose of knowledge exchange, collaboration, and learning. Emphasising key features such as a shared domain, community spirit, and a focus on practical application, CoPs provide benefits like knowledge sharing, learning, innovation, and effective problem-solving. The chapter investigates the influential role of CoPs in the realm of language education, concentrating on UK-based associations of language educators. Through an in-depth case study focusing on Spanish Language Teaching (SLT), the analysis extends locally and globally, exploring both examples of teaching and research-oriented CoPs. The chapter also explores the distinctions between CoPs and social networks, which, despite their prevalence as the primary means of communication within members of a community of practice, lack the sense of belonging and reciprocal exchange that defines CoPs. Ultimately, this study underscores the vital role of CoPs in sustaining a vibrant ecosystem for language educators and reflects on the significance of CoPs in fostering professional development, collaborative research, and the overall advancement of language education practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Politics of Language Teaching and Learning
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from Higher Education in the UK
EditorsInma Álvarez, Mara Fuertes Gutiérrez
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherJohn Murray Press
Number of pages15
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 5 Oct 2023
EventLanguages Future Conference - King's College, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Apr 202028 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameLanguage Acts and Worldmaking
PublisherJohn Murray Press


ConferenceLanguages Future Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


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