ERIC Number: ED418601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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Educating Bilingual/ESL Teachers in a Language/Culture Exchange Field School: A Collaborative Model in Teacher Education.
Guadarrama, Irma N.
This paper describes a program that brings bilingual and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teachers from the United States to a Mexican ESL school to teach in the Tetiz (Yucatan, Mexico) field school and in exchange, learn Mayan language and culture. The theoretical base for the project is drawn from the work of major theorists in second language education who emphasize the importance of integrating instruction with social, cultural, and linguistic experiences and encourage diversity in the classroom. The field school project was designed to integrate these ideas into bilingual and ESL teacher training. Fifteen American university students, most undergraduate bilingual education majors, serve as ESL teachers and two graduate students and two professional educators serve as support staff. The community in which the school is situated is described, and a survey of staff after a five-week summer session is reported. The survey asked what benefits staff received as a result of participation, how the experience has affected their work as a teacher, professional, or student, what problems they experienced, and whether they would recommend the program to others. Results are reported, and recommendations are made for advancing the field school model. Contains 15 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).