Search results for: English (second language)
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Becoming a Teacher Educator: The Multiple Boundary-Crossing Experiences of Beginning Teacher Educators
This paper reports on a qualitative study that investigated the identity construction experiences of one group of beginning English language teacher educators in Hong Kong. Drawing upon a theoretical framework that incorporates both identity- in-practice and identity-in-discourse, a narrative approach was adopted to examine participants’ identity trajectory as they crossed multiple boundaries from language learners, to language teachers, to language teacher educators. The study suggests that the challenges teacher educators faced at different stages of their professional identity construction reflected the negotiation of past experiences, future ideals, competency, agency, and marginalization.
Updated: Jan. 27, 2016
Questioning to Scaffold: An Exploration of Questions in Pre-service Teacher Training Feedback Sessions
This study explored trainer questioning strategies which aimed to scaffold development and learning in teacher training feedback sessions. Findings include a categorisation of different question types which seemed to prompt reflection and construction of knowledge. The data also suggest that trainees need varying levels of support through different question types to better scaffold their understanding of teaching.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2015
This article describes a collaboration between early childhood education (ECE) faculty and teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) faculty at an urban teacher preparation program in an effort to better understand ECE and TESOL candidates’ beliefs about teaching young ELLs. The findings revealed that teacher candidates recognized the importance of focused attention to language development for young ELLs, as well as how collaboration across disciplines may support future teaching of ELLs.
Updated: Aug. 12, 2015
Understanding Outcome-based Education Changes in Teacher Education: Evaluation of A New Instrument with Preliminary Findings
This paper reports findings from the first phase of an outcome-based innovation within one higher education institute in Hong Kong. Specifically, this research seeks to: (1) confirm the properties of a survey instrument designed specifically to explore an outcomes model of course implementation; (2) report preliminary findings regarding students’ course perceptions. The SEOBLS version 1 survey was administered simultaneously across all three groups, at the end of the course. In response to the first intention of confirming the properties of the instrument, the two statistical analyses identified strengths and improvement needs for the SEOBLS questionnaire itself. Furthermore, it was found that for these students, their experience in the OBE course was not a radical departure from a “regular” course.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2015
Teachers’ Awareness of Their Diverse Classrooms: The Nature of Elementary Teachers’ Reflections on Their Science Teaching Practice
This article examines in-service elementary teachers’ reflections on their science teaching when working with diverse students. The findings provide an understanding of how these teachers examined their teaching and beliefs about their science teaching practice. Participants’ reflections indicated that knowledge of their students’ culture and backgrounds influenced their teaching practices and the focus of their reflections. The authors also found that the participants examined five themes of teaching: (1) navigating the school world, (2) managing the technical classroom, (3) negotiating barriers, (4) nurturing all students, and (5) understanding learning.
Updated: Mar. 25, 2015
This article is a report on contributions of a critical EFL teacher education course to teachers’ professional identity reconstruction. Three major shifts were observed in the participants' professional identities: from conformity to and romanticization of dominant ideologies to critical autonomy, from an instrumentalist orientation to a critical/transformative orientation of teaching, and from a linguistic and technical view to an educational view of English Language Teaching.
Updated: Mar. 09, 2015
From the imagined to the practiced: A case study on novice EFL teachers’ professional identity change in China
This article examines the change of four novice EFL teachers’ professional identities in the first years of teaching in K-12 schools in China. the findings suggest that (1) novice teachers’ cue-based or exemplar-based imagined identities may change into rule-based or schema-based practiced identities as mediated by the mixed influences of the institutional contexts of school and the dynamic educational contexts; and that (2) the institutional pressures seem to cause the imagined identities to be negatively replaced, but the teacher’s perseverance and agency in seeking opportunities of professional development may ultimately determine the positive evolution of the imagined identities.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2015
This study highlights teacher educators’ efforts and challenges in providing preservice elementary teachers with opportunities to learn about educating students learning English as an additional language. A key finding is that all teacher educators felt responsible for and made efforts to guide teacher candidates to educate linguistically diverse students in elementary classroom settings. However, they did not work toward this goal collectively or cohesively.
Updated: Dec. 23, 2014
This article reexamines the data set of a longitudinal study of four novice EFL teachers’ motivation in the context of Japan. The article attempts to illuminate novice teachers’ changing motivation and self-concept as situated in the routines of their first teaching posts. A major finding of this study is the weakened effects of ideal selves as future self-guides. Another salient characteristic which was found about novice teachers’ motivation and self-concept was the power of reflexivity. The four novice teachers’ stories in the second stage showed that the responsibilities, constraints, pressure, and joy of the reality of secondary school teaching induced serious reflective thoughts in their minds.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2014
Mandated to Learn, Guided to Reflect: Pre-Service Teachers’ Evolving Understanding of English Language Learners
The purpose of this study was to investigate pre-service teachers’ beliefs about and understanding of English Language Learners (ELLs). This study shows that, within one course, when given the opportunity to do so, students moved beyond narrow ideas and deficit thinking about ELLs. At the beginning of the semester, the students were quick to define the term English language learner. However, at the end of the course, students recognized their limited thinking and were able to expand the way they define the term English language learner. As students expanded their ideas about language learners, it became increasingly more difficult for them to write a definition that was sufficiently broad and specific at the same time. Students began to question the notion of a one-size-fits-all ELL label.
Updated: Nov. 26, 2014