ERIC Number: ED127793
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Professional or Paraprofessional? CATESOL Occasional Papers, No. 1.
The paraprofessional individuals involved in English as a second language (ESL) teaching in community colleges are discussed. The traditional definition of the paraprofessional is a non-certified aide, usually a student with little or no instruction in how to tutor ESL students, who helps with oral reading problems and specific language problems. A new kind of paraprofessional is emerging, however: certified teachers with a Master's Degree in English, Linguisitcs, language studies, or English as a Second Language, who may be responsible for running class sessions. This involves not only correcting homework, but planning class sessions, testing, and grading. Regular paraprofessionals and M.A. paraprofessionals do have one thing in common, however: their rate of pay. The term paraprofessional does not always refer to the education, training or ability of a given assistant, but it can be seen as a category specifying salaries. This paper constitutes a plea for professional benefits and recognition, also in terms of earnings, for those paraprofessionals holding Master's degrees. (CLK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
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