Search results for: English (second language)
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Benefiting the Educator and Student Alike: Effective Strategies for Supporting the Academic Language Development of English Learner (EL) Teacher Candidates
This article details specific, research-based feedback strategies that the authors have found useful in working with and supporting the academic language development of English Learners (EL) preservice secondary teachers. These feedback strategies are organized and discussed in terms of the following four themes: focused feedback on student writing, focused feedback on oral communication, explicit modeling, and revision and assessment.
Updated: Nov. 26, 2014
Multilingual Primary Classrooms: An Investigation of First Year Teachers’ Learning and Responsive Teaching
This research explores the perspectives of newly qualified primary teachers (NQTs) who worked in multilingual classrooms in their first year of teaching. The findings indicated that that NQTs were engaged in reflection on pupils’ needs and interests and then try to tailor provision to engage pupils in formative challenging activities. Twenty one NQTs believed that they had begun to develop responsive forms of teaching, aided by support from and collaboration with other colleagues, including teaching assistants, many bilingual.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2014
This study investigated the relationship between teachers’ beliefs about quality questions and their questioning behaviours in terms of questioning purposes, content focus, students’ cognitive level, wording and syntax. Findings show that although there was a general congruence between teachers’ beliefs and practices, there were discrepancies between what the teachers believed and what they actually did in the class with respect to the four specified features.
Updated: Sep. 22, 2014
The Impact of Professional Development on Elementary Teachers’ Strategies for Teaching Science with Diverse Student Groups in Urban Elementary Schools
The purpose of this study was to examine teachers’ reported instructional strategies for promoting science learning while supporting English language development during science instruction with diverse student groups, especially English Language Learners (ELLs), in urban elementary schools. The findings reveal that teachers across three grade levels consistently indicated similar strategies to promote science learning, such as making connections to prior knowledge or real world experiences and engaging in hands-on activities. However, teachers at all three grade levels did not report more sophisticated inquiry-based strategies. Although the reported strategies were similar in frequency across grade levels, there were significant differences among grade level and by years of teacher participation.
Updated: May. 12, 2014
Research Engagement as Identity Construction: Hong Kong Preservice Teachers’ Experiences of a Compulsory Research Project
This study examined the experiences of a group of six preservice English language teachers in Hong Kong as they prepared for, engaged in, and reflected upon a compulsory research project during the final year of their Bachelor of Education degree program. The article discusses the experiences of these preservice teachers in terms of the construction of their teacher identities. The findings illustrate the identity conflicts the preservice teachers experienced as their research engagement required that they cross institutional and educational boundaries to confront, question, and reject various identity positions, including ‘student teacher’, ‘full-time teacher’, and ‘teacher-researcher’. The article concludes that the lens of teacher identity can provide insights into how student teachers’ perceptions and experiences of research shape and are shaped by their understandings of themselves as teachers.
Updated: May. 07, 2014
This research explores teaching English as a foreign language in the West Bank, Palestine. The study demonstrates the importance of addressing socio-political contexts to make teaching meaningful and to set pedagogical strategies that correspond to the context of the students in teacher preparation programs.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2014
This study examined the strategies that mentors adopted in giving actual feedback and the interns' perceptions of this feedback. Eleven participants in this study were five TESOL mentors, one Internship course instructor, and five MA student teaching interns. The mentors’ strategies included a number of strategies considered to be effective in giving intern-friendly or constructive feedback in teacher education contexts, such as the use of questions, the delivery of compliments before criticisms or specific suggestions. The findings reveal that the teaching interns’ comments seemed to indicate that they felt pleased with the feedback they received. The authors recommend that mentors pay special attention to affective factors when giving feedback to the interns to create the rapport with the latter and a favorable atmosphere for their learning.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2013
Pre- and In-service Teachers’ Beliefs about ELLs in Content Area Classes: A Case for Inclusion, Responsibility, and Instructional Support
The current study documents differences between pre- and in-service content area teachers’ beliefs about: whether English language learners (ELLs) should be included in content area classes, the kind of instructional support (IS) they should receive, and responsibility for ELLs’ language and academic achievement. The findings revealed that pre- and in-service and female and male teachers held similar beliefs about ELLs’ inclusion in mainstream classes. However, several significant differences were found between both service and gender groups' beliefs about responsibility for ELLs’ language and academic development.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2013
The Confidence to Teach English Language Learners: Exploring Coursework's Role in Developing Preservice Teachers’ Efficacy
This article examines the organization of endorsement curricula to increase preservice teachers’ confidence in their ability to teach English Language Learners (ELLs). Specifically, the authors were interested to determine what methods of instruction were most effective in increasing preservice teachers’ sense of self-efficacy in teaching ELLs. This study showed that allowing preservice teachers to engage and collaborate actively in the endorsement content with others is a very effective method of instruction in order to improve their confidence in teaching ELLs. The preservice teachers in this study believed that they could teach ELL students and that the information that they learned and the instructional methods advocated in the content were integrative and helpful for all student learning and development.
Updated: Nov. 06, 2013
This article has two purposes: (1) to investigate how Taiwanese teachers of English as a Foreign Language turned experiences into critical reflections via journal writings and (2) to describe how they gauged critical reflections as teaching inquiry. The results indicate that critical reflection as teaching inquiry helped the teachers deal with situations of uncertainty, instability, and value conflict in multiple contexts. Critical reflections enhanced teachers' understanding and brought about changes in their awareness of instructional effectiveness and teaching beliefs in their practice.
Updated: Oct. 17, 2013