ERIC Number: ED217715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Developing Culture Specific Teacher Training Materials: A Case Study of T.E.F.L. Training for Teachers of Arabic Speakers.
Training materials and a discussion group project for upgrading teaching standards in English as a second language (ESL) in Egypt are described. The hypothesis on which the project was based was that the best way to improve foreign language teaching would be pre- or in-service programs emphasizing attitudes toward language and language learning. The literature which influenced the materials and course design originated in China, Mexico, and Jordan. Materials were developed to cover an introduction and eight discussion papers dealing with pronunciation, writing, classroom management, teacher dominance and other problems peculiar to the area, as well as with how the teachers and students learned classical Arabic and the way this affects expectations in the ESL classroom. Reading materials were developed concerning theory, classroom activities, and materials development ideas. The materials were used with a group of pre- and in-service ESL teachers in ten 3-hour sessions held once each week. Preceding and following the course, a language attitude questionnaire was given to the participants. The questionnaire with its interpretation is included, as well as a critique of the project itself. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (16th, Honolulu, HI, May 1-6, 1982).