Search results for: English (second language)
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Inclusion or Exclusion?: A Narrative Inquiry of a Language Teacher’s Identity Experience in the ‘New Work Order’ of Competing Pedagogies
The current article explores how an EFL teacher negotiates her identity to adapt to the ‘new work order’ in an English education department at a university in China. From a narrative inquiry perspective, the research illuminates the complexity of teacher identity in educational reforms. The findings show that teachers need to shift their identities to survive change.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2011
The purpose of this study was to identify how Collaborative Teaching Institute and other joint professional development programs for English as a Second Language and content area teachers could better support sustained teacher collaboration. The study yielded information on the key actors, opportunities, tensions and conflicts in the collaboration between the two sets of teachers.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2011
Emotions that Experienced English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teachers Feel about their Students, their Colleagues and their Work
The current article describes a study that examined what emotions the experienced EFL teachers perceive in their work and the implications this has for their development. Nine university EFL teachers in Tokyo participated in the study. It was found that amongst these experienced teachers the two ‘positive’ emotions of liking and caring for students were especially common. However, the teachers expressed negative emotions regarding their colleagues and institutions.
Updated: Nov. 29, 2011
Teacher Learning in an Era of High-Stakes Accountability: Productive Tension and Critical Professional Practice
This study draws on social learning and activity theories to examine the specific factors that support equity-minded teachers to navigate accountability-driven language arts reforms. Furthermore, the study examines the specific barriers that might hinder teachers from serving marginalized students—particularly English Learners—in an era of accountability, and how particular contextual factors mediate teachers’ responses to accountability pressures. Findings underscore the importance of balanced leadership in an era of high- stakes accountability, particularly as it relates to teacher professionalism, learning, and agency.
Updated: Oct. 10, 2011
This article explores an example of messy collaboration that occurred in the context of a Learning Study conducted in a secondary school in Hong Kong working in partnership with education faculty from a local tertiary institution. The article analyses the dynamics of the interactions between the participants in this Learning Study by drawing on the literature on micropolitics.
Updated: Oct. 04, 2011
Drawing on the theory of situated learning and teacher knowledge as situated, the authors have examined the ways in which two L2 writing teachers in Hong Kong perceived and responded to the possibilities for learning how to write in their culturespecific contexts of work. The findings of this study show that these two teachers skillfully developed pedagogical strategies to exploit opportunities for learning that were rooted in the cultural traditions they shared with their students and the microcultures in the classroom that they coconstructed with them.. The teachers' skillful and sensitive exploitation of these possibilities created a rich environment for learning.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2011
The current article delineates the many problems experienced by English language learners (ELLs) students within special education. The article also describes a set of preservice modules that were designed for special education teacher candidates to learn about and develop strategies for working with students of diverse language backgrounds. The authors conclude that only by infusing these principles into special education teacher training programs can we hope that future generations of ELLs will not repeat the experiences that past generations have had to endure.
Updated: Sep. 14, 2011
Crossing Boundaries and Constructing Identities: The Experiences of Early Career Mainland Chinese English Language Teachers in Hong Kong
The current paper reports on a qualitative study that investigated the experiences of a group of English language teachers from the Chinese mainland. The teachers completed their teacher training in Hong Kong and have taken up full-time teaching positions in secondary schools within Hong Kong. The study examines the participants' discursive and participative practices to illustrate how their experiences, both as students in the Chinese mainland and as preservice teachers in Hong Kong, shaped their construction of teacher identities, as well as to show that their employment in Hong Kong schools represented a challenge to this identity formation process.
Updated: Sep. 14, 2011
In this article, the authors report partial findings of a qualitative interpretive study of female secondary school English language teachers’ perceptions of curriculum change in the United Arab Emirates. The participants were 16 female teachers in three secondary schools who had experience teaching the former and the current English language curricula. The authors recommend giving a voice to teachers in curriculum change by involving them in curriculum development processes to eliminate negative psychological effects such as marginalisation and powerlessness.
Updated: Jul. 26, 2011
The current research examined how students in foundation English classes perceive their Thai and native-speaking teachers. The authors aimed to explore three areas: (1) students' previous background in English-language learning, (2) students' general opinions and preferences for studying English with Thai or native-speaking teachers, and (3) student perceptions of studying with their current English teachers.
Updated: Jun. 18, 2011