Search results for: English (second language)
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Many English Language Teacher trainees find it difficult to develop a lesson holistically and to maintain alignment across aims, procedural steps, and evaluation when planning and implementing a lesson. The authors attempted to address this problem by establishing a model of trainees’ action that included their deliberate metacognitive structuring of a lesson both in planning and review phases.
Updated: Mar. 24, 2011
In this article, the author returned to classroom teaching to better understand the challenges faced by student teachers in implementing Communicative Language Teaching for teaching English at secondary school level. Through self-study the author formed a more developed understanding of the learners' role in learning; their prior learning and past classroom experiences are brought heavily to bear on new learning experiences. Finally, implications for practice and policy are suggested .
Updated: Jan. 30, 2011
In this article, the authors use critical discourse analysis to examine educators' efforts to incorporate funds of knowledge from the communities and families of Punjabi Sikh students. This project took place in a classroom of nine- and ten-year-old ELLs on the west coast of Canada. The project stimulated discussions among the children about why Punjabi was not taught in a school where the majority of the children came to school speaking the language and why there were not more dual-language resources in the school. These results are important and challenge dominant schooling practices. This project also emphasizes the ways in which the use of multimodal technologies opens up classroom space for bilingualism.
Updated: Nov. 23, 2010
Language, Culture and Dissonance: A Study Course for Globally Minded Teachers with Possibilities for Catalytic Transformation
This article presents a study which explores the impact of a course taught abroad, with the objective of preparing globally minded intercultural educators proficient in second language and culture pedagogy for English learners.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2010
English as an Additional Language and Initial Teacher Education: Views and Experiences from Northern Ireland
This article addresses training for teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) at initial teacher education (ITE) level in Northern Ireland. 15 primary and post-primary teachers participated in this small-scale qualitative study. The study investigates reflections on EAL content in ITE programmes, and the type of difficulties faced when teaching pupils whose first language is not English.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
Transforming the Existing Model of Teaching Practicum: A Study of Chinese EFL Student Teachers' Perceptions
The current article reports on a study of Chinese pre-service teachers' perceived problems in their teaching practicum. Reflective paper-writing was employed to investigate the views of 210 student teachers on an English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher education programme in Central China. The findings highlight six major problems. The article points out that these problems have been caused by the exiting rationalist model of teacher education. Furthermore, the article also emphasises the need to transform the existing model of teaching practicum.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
Teachers, Families, and Communities Supporting English Language Learners in Inclusive Pre-Kindergartens: An Evaluation of a Professional Development Model
The goal of the Teachers, Families, and Communities Supporting English Language Learners (TFC) project was to implement and evaluate a sustainable model of high-quality professional development focused on improving inclusive pre-kindergarten services for English Language Learners (ELL) and their families. Results indicate that the professional development program supported pre-kindergarten teachers in their efforts to be responsive to ELL children in their classrooms and with their families.
Updated: Sep. 05, 2010
Implementing A Spanish for Heritage Speakers Course in An English-Only State: A Collaborative Critical Teacher Action Research Study
The purpose of the article was to explore how a teacher was able to navigate the secondary school structure, community/national Discourse, and her own classroom pedagogy to implement the Spanish for Heritage Speakers course. Data suggested that teachers, school and district administrators, teacher-educators, and families in the community all played significant supporting roles in the effort to create a successful heritage language course at the secondary level. This collaborative research project generated recommendations for secondary teachers and administrators as well as teacher-training institutions.
Updated: Jun. 29, 2010
This study examines the relationship between students’ English language learner (ELL) status and their level of opportunity to learn (OTL) as a factor that may explain performance difference between ELL and non-ELL students. Results indicate that measures of classroom OTL are associated with student performance. Further, ELL students report a lower level of OTL as compared with non-ELLs. Such differential levels of OTL may indeed play a role in the lower performance of ELLs. The results of this study suggest that students’ ability to understand teacher instructions influences reported levels of OTL.
Updated: May. 25, 2010
Classroom-Level Curriculum Development: EFL Teachers as Curriculum-Developers, Curriculum-Makers and Curriculum-Transmitters
This qualitative study aimed to explore teacher curriculum approaches and the strategies attached to each approach. The study was grounded in teacher curriculum development, curriculum implementation, teacher development, student cognitive and affective change and constructivism. Working with English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers and mixed-nationality college students, the study reached a teacher curriculum approach classification comprising curriculum-transmission, curriculum-development and curriculum-making. It recommended alternatives for teacher, student and curriculum development, curriculum implementation and teacher training.
Updated: May. 09, 2010