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The paper examines the long-term effectiveness of in-service teacher training courses for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers in the Greek educational context.The data are discussed in relation to strategies for optimizing teacher training services. Furthermore, implications are drawn for the implementation of change in a broader educational context.
Updated: Feb. 02, 2009
In this study, the authors examine instances of future-oriented talk produced by novice English as-a-second-language (ESL) teachers during mentoring meetings in one North American university setting. Context-specific functions of future-oriented discourse (e.g., planning, prediction) are examined in relation to reflective thinking and teacher identity.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2009
This article discusses the issues and implications of high stakes tests on English language learners (ELLs).In this case, academic achievement tests are analyzed relative to their norming samples and validity to determine their usefulness to ELLs. Also, commonly used language proficiency tests are examined relative to definitions of proficiency, technical quality, alignment with criteria for language classification and reclassification, and their academic predictive validity. The author provides recommendations for addressing the issues related to high stakes tests and ELLs.
Updated: Oct. 27, 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
How to Respond to the Demands Set by the Communicative Approach? New Challenges Second-Language (L2) Teachers Face in the Classroom
The article describes a study investigating student teachers' needs in second language training programs. The study was utilized a questionnaire that was administered to 79 students, requesting their views on second language teacher qualities, relevance of a methodology, theory and language components in the program, perceived command of the English language and potential use of English in future classes. Results included the confirmed value of language improvement and the need of a greater balance between language improvement and methodology.
Updated: Jan. 16, 2008