ERIC Number: ED390250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
What Illinois Teachers Do in the Classroom: New Research.
Connor, Lucy B.
I.C.T.F.L. Accents, v8 n2 p6-8 1995
A survey of a random sample of Illinois elementary, junior, and senior high school second language teachers investigated three areas: (1) teacher preparation, training, and oral proficiency levels; (2) percent of the target language used by the teacher in the classroom within a specific time span; and (3) the teacher-perceived usefulness and frequency of use of specific techniques for developing oral proficiency. Results show: low level of teaching proficiency in the language taught; need for many teachers to upgrade teaching skills and techniques; low level of oral proficiency among teachers; relatively high amount of classroom target language use by elementary teachers; the greatest increase in classroom target language use occurred from second- to third-year classes at the senior high level; decrease of teacher target language use in multi-level classes; relatively low target language use in junior high and first- and second-year high school classes; most useful and frequently-used techniques varied considerably by instructional level; differences in technique used were more dependent on level than language taught; use of oral quizzes and tests was widespread at all levels; and newer communicative techniques were used widely. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Language of Instruction, Language Proficiency, Language Role, Language Teachers, Multilevel Classes (Second Language Instruction), Oral Language, Second Language Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Qualifications
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Identifiers: Illinois; Total Physical Response