Search results for: English (second language)
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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
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