Search results for: English (second language)
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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
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