Search results for: English (second language)
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This essay aims to provide an overview of the challenges of accounting for students with disabilities (SWDs) and English learners (ELs) in the evaluation of mainstream teachers. The authors focus on the two prominent indicators of teaching quality—classroom observations and value-added scores. The authors conclude with recommendations for states and districts to ensure that teacher evaluation systems adequately and fairly account for these students.
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013
‘Let Them Fish’: Empowering Student-Teachers for Professional Development through the Project Approach
In this action research, the author used a project as an approach to relinquish control and empower the students to organize a seminar for their professional development. The data revealed that a significant learning point for the student-teachers was that communication and interpersonal skills were important in getting results from the top management and people of authority. The project was a process of change and self-discovery for the student-teachers. Students had to get over their resistance towards unwanted responsibilities and accept that in the real world, irrespective of their preferences, the job has to be done.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2013
Teacher Professional Development through Collaborative Action Research: Impact on Foreign English-Language Teaching and Learning
The authors are a group of English-as-a-foreign-language teachers at a secondary school in Argentina. The authors decided in 2011 to investigate their teaching practices through collaborative action research so as to improve their students’ learning opportunities and thus revitalise English-language teaching in their context. This report particularly focuses on the evaluation facets of their collaborative action research project so as to encourage other teachers and teacher-researchers to adopt collaborative action research to improve their own practices.
Updated: Aug. 27, 2013
Effectiveness and Impact of Technology-Enabled Project-Based Learning with the Use of Process Prompts in Teacher Education
The authors investigated the effectiveness and impacts of process prompts on students’ learning and computer self-efficacy within the technology-enabled project-based learning (PBL) context in an undergraduate educational technology course. The participants were thirty-five prospective teachers enrolled in a Web-Based Instruction for English Language Teaching (ELT) course. Students’ interviews and reflections revealed that process prompts were important in facilitating problem-solving efforts. The surveys showed significant gains on students’ computer self-efficacy after the completion of technology-enabled PBL.
Updated: Jul. 16, 2013
This study aimed to examine the differences in attitudes of teacher candidates before and after their short-term teaching experience with very young learners (VYL) of English. The findings suggest that the attitudes of teacher candidates changed substantially after their practice teaching experiences. Other findings suggest that a colorful atmosphere in the classroom and a variety of activities attract students' interest and help create a more successful learning environment.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012
Teaching as Sheltering: A Metaphorical Analysis of Sheltered Instruction for English Language Learners
Sheltered instruction is a form of content-based instruction (CBI), a large collection of pedagogical models which integrate the teaching of academic subject matter with the teaching of another language. This article examines the complex intersections between a sheltering metaphor, sheltered instruction theory, and sheltered instruction in practice.The author uses the metaphor of sheltering as a provocative lens to consider episodes of sheltered instruction from three sheltered social studies classrooms.
Updated: Dec. 19, 2012
In the current paper, the author traced an English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher’s professional development by examining her narrative and identifying the transformation of her awareness or kizuki. The term Kizuki in Japanese culture implies a sudden feeling of inner understanding of a phenomenon and can be roughly translated as ‘becoming aware of’, ‘noticing’ or ‘realizing’. To show how powerful and important the concept is for teacher development in the Japanese context, the author studied team‐taught project‐based EFL learning in a Japanese junior high school for nine months.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2012
Confirming Chanclas: What Early Childhood Teacher Educators Can Learn From Immigrant Preschool Teachers
Interviews conducted study with dozens of preschool teachers in multiple U.S. cities, as part of Children Crossing Borders study, revealed a specific immigrant teacher critique of typical English language modeling techniques. These immigrant teachers reposition children's home languages as a valuable form of expression and thus argue for a more empathetic and constructivist view of children of immigrants. Hence, the author argues that early childhood educators need to talk honestly with students about the implications of their responses to children of immigrants in the classroom.
Updated: Apr. 18, 2012
Knowing How to Know: Building Meaningful Relationships Through Instruction That Meets the Needs of Students Learning English
In this article, the authors wish to highlight the need for teachers to build healthy and productive relationships with students while at the same time finding ways to provide them with more effective instruction and programming. Accordingly, the authors present a synopsis of what scholars know about helping preservice teachers learn about students learning English. Finally, the authors provide some specific exercises and procedures that they have employed to help preservice teachers move in the direction of learning about and developing relationships with students.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2012
The Problematic Context of Mentoring: Evidence from an English Language Teaching Department at a Turkish University
The purpose of this study is to investigate the participants’ perceptions and experiences about the concepts of ‘mentor’ and ‘mentoring’. Six English Language Teaching Department (ELT) students, who were in the final year of their training and one English teacher who was the subject mentor of the students at the practice school participated in the study. The findings demonstrate that the students found mentoring useful, particularly in putting theory into practice, and working in an authentic teaching environment. However, the students obviously needed more critical, constructive, structured, and immediate assistance and feedback for their survival stage of teaching, which is an important responsibility of a mentor.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2012