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This article examines perceptions of language by two African American teenage males who travel between the intricacies of Black English and Academic English in their daily lives. To understand youth language perceptions, the article is guided by the following inquiry: Given the historically dichotomous relationship between Black English and Academic English, how do youth perceive language in their struggle to acquire academic success? In this examination, the author argue that classrooms should be more responsive to students’ languages and identities.
Updated: May. 25, 2010
Language Teacher Education in Finland and the Cultural Dimension of Foreign Language Teaching - A Student Teacher Perspective
This article investigates the cultural agenda in Finnish language teacher education from a student teacher perspective. The focus is on the students' perceptions regarding how effectively cultural aspects are dealt with in their training, and how these perceptions may be affected by the length of time they have spent abroad. The empirical evidence suggests that both the language studies and the pedagogical studies tend to address cultural aspects to a small or very small extent. The main emphasis is placed on traditional aspects of culture.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2010
The purpose of this study was to determine how contributing to a class wiki affected the learning of preservice teachers enrolled in a language arts methods class. 37 preservice teachers participated in this study. Students' reflections indicate that contributing to the class wiki led to a deeper processing of the course content.
Updated: Nov. 30, 2009
'At Least I'm the Type of Teacher I Want to Be': Second-Career English Language Teachers' Identity Formation in Hong Kong Secondary Schools
This article examines how second-career teachers may be better supported in their professional development. The study found that second-career teachers' skills and experiences were not valued within their schools. It also found that this was reflected in a rigid division the participants drew between the institutionally endorsed identity positions made available to them and the type of teachers they wanted to be. In response to this antagonism, second-career teachers used their position of non-participation to establish identity territories that connected aspects of their first-career identities, such as engineers and managers, to their emerging teacher identities.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2009
Bringing Modern Languages into the Primary Curriculum in England: Investigating Effective Practice in Teacher Education
This paper presents the results of an investigation into the effectiveness of an initiative in a large education faculty in the North West of England. The initiative designed to ensure that all generalist primary teacher trainees on an undergraduate course are prepared to support the implementation of the UK government's National Languages Strategy in primary schools.
Updated: Oct. 01, 2009
Emergence and Maintenance of Student Teachers' 'Interest' within The Context of Two-Hour Lectures: An Actual Genetic Perspective
The study explores the actual genetic development of student teachers' interest in lectures given in a postgraduate language teacher education program. The results show that students go through diverse patterns of interest trajectories and that, for the majority, interest development fluctuates between gain and loss.
Updated: Apr. 30, 2009
Researchers examined 21 teachers teacher blogs, to determine if they included reflection blogs. Results indicated that all language arts teachers in the study used their blogs as reflective journals and that the depth of reflection occurring in the blogs varied from casual reflection.
Updated: Nov. 26, 2008
Linguistically Responsive Teacher Education Preparing Classroom Teachers to Teach English Language Learners
Foreign language students have had little preparation from their teachers for providing the types of assistance that such learners need to successfully learn academic content and skills through English while developing proficiency in English. The authors conclude with concrete suggestions for how teacher education programs can incorporate the knowledge and skills that will prepare all preservice teachers to be linguistically responsive.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2008
Language and culture must be retained as essential components upon which reading instruction is based. Our nation and our states truly want individuals who can use literacy to learn and to enhance their quality of life as well as the quality of life of those around them. This article looks at essential considerations that must be given to the role of language and culture in literacy instruction.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2008
Changes to a Chinese pre-service language teacher education program: analysis, results and implications
The article examines a research study into the Chinese primary and secondary schools reforms, regarding English instruction. This project was developed in two stages: first, it sought data from in-service English teachers, using questionnaires and interviews with English teachers from schools differentiated by geographical context and system; and second, these data were used to inform the design of a new pre-service English teacher education program.
Updated: Aug. 27, 2008