ERIC Number: ED390302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers or Missionaries? Duality of Purpose for ESOL Professionals.
This paper discusses issues in the education of teachers of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) who intend to use their training as missionaries. The issues arose as a result of one teacher trainer's experience in a community that holds the headquarters of a fundamentalist religious sect. First, the relationship of western linguistics and religion is examined from a historical perspective. Then the current state of training of missionary students and the psychology and history of Christian missions are reviewed, drawing on previous research. Recent responses of foreign countries and governments to missionary activities, considered illegal in some countries, are also discussed. Implications of these policies and concerns for language teaching are examined, including ethics and ESOL teacher professionalism in the context of illegal missionary work, in which the teacher may be at considerable risk. The paper proposes that ESOL teacher training for the purpose of such work lies in an ethical grey area and that the issue should be addressed in the teacher-preparation classroom. Two ways of viewing this issue are explored, one characterized as linguistic imperialism and the other as linguistic/cultural evolution. The responsibility of the missionary in each is examined. Contains 24 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Missionaries; Professionalism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (17th, Long Beach, CA, March 1995).