Search results for: English (second language)
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Understanding our Learners and Developing Reflective Practice: Conducting Action Research with English Language Learners
This paper examines the ways in which action research projects can be used to socialize teachers to the teaching of English language learners (ELLs) as well as help these teachers develop reflective practice. The study explored the teachers' statements about the impact of the course work and the projects on their teaching and their beliefs about teaching ELLs.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2009
Competent Performances of Situated Identities: Adult Learners of English Accessing Engaged Participation
In this article, the author examines how the lived experiences of three adult learners of English in local (school-based and workplace-based) communities of practice both support and contradict the stated policies and pedagogical practices of the adult ESL program in which they are enrolled. The author relies on the view of Communities of Practice (CofP) framework and theories of engaged participation. The data come from a larger ethnographic study in which the author examined the experiences of women refugees. Findings show that while these adult learners of English managed to learn and adopt the practices of one community of practice, they remained excluded from legitimate membership in other communities of practice.
Updated: Dec. 14, 2009
This article attempts to identify the distinctive qualities of successful veteran teachers, referred to as “expert teachers”, which separates them not only from novice teachers but more importantly from experienced non-expert teachers. Based on earlier case studies, this article maintains that the critical differences between expert and non-expert teachers are manifested in three dimensions: their ability to integrate aspects of teacher knowledge in relation to the teaching act; their response to their contexts of work, and their ability to engage in reflection and conscious deliberation. The data drawn on in this article consist of case studies, spanning 18 months, of four ESL teachers in Hong Kong.
Updated: Dec. 02, 2009
This survey study investigated high school science teachers’ challenges and needs specific to their growing English language learning (ELL) student population. Thirty-three science teachers from 6 English as a Second language (ESL)-center high schools in central Virginia participated in the survey. Results suggest that language barriers as well as ELL students’ lack of science foundational knowledge challenged teachers most. Teachers perceived that appropriate instructional materials and pedagogical training was most needed.
Updated: Nov. 03, 2009
This study investigates the challenges that non-native pre-service English teachers experience in their target language use when they do their practicum in actual language classrooms. This study found that the common difficulties the student teachers encounter related to certain grammatical structures, explaining unknown words to students, modifying language according to students' level, and authenticity of the classroom language. Furthermore, the findings indicated that the language awareness training had a positive impact on the target language use of the pre-service English teachers.
Updated: Oct. 01, 2009
Narrative Inquiry for Teacher Education and Development: Focus on English as A Foreign Language in China
Teacher education and development takes place within an encompassing local system of education and ongoing forms of school improvement. The article presents a narrative inquiry approach to teacher development that builds on the existing educational system, ongoing school reforms, and culturally established ways of knowing and being.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2009
This research sheds light on the realities for teachers who have small numbers of EAL students in their mainstream classes, and the factors that influence their practice decisions with regard to these students. The inquiry was undertaken in four primary schools in the central North Island of New Zealand. In each school, 1 teacher in a Year 1-2 class and 1 in a Year 5-6 class participated in the research. The 8 class teachers had a range of general and EAL teaching experience. It was found that some teachers generated strategies for EAL students within the context of regular class instruction, whereas others worked with individual EAL students within the class.
Updated: Mar. 18, 2009
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