ERIC Number: ED368170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Professionalism in Second Language Education.
Brown, Ronald L.
It is suggested that second language teachers often view themselves and are viewed by others as technicians, passive purveyors of prescriptive content, but that they should be encouraged to perceive themselves as professionals. Professionals are defined as those who, by virtue of knowledge and experience in teaching and learning, make instructional decisions and control the learning process. The discussion proceeds to examine three aspects of professionalism in second language education, especially as it relates to English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teaching. First, it recommends development in ESL teachers of a constructivist approach to teaching and learning. Second, it is argued that teachers should personally establish explicit objectives with regard to attitude, content, and process in the classroom. Finally, it is proposed that the best time to instill this kind of professional commitment is during ESL teacher education. Benefits of a professional approach to ESL teaching include improved instruction, increased creativity, better teacher morale, and an ability to tolerate ambiguity. (Contains 8 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference on Teacher Education in Second Language Teaching (2nd, Hong Kong, March 24-26, 1993).