ERIC Number: ED263769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Priorities in Secondary ESL and EFL Instruction.
Two groups of teachers of English as a second language (ESL), a California group of 133 and a Venezuelan group of 55, were surveyed about their perceived areas of instructional need. The three top needs of the California group were ESL instruction in the content areas, program design for preliterate students, and materials development. The needs expressed by the Venezuelans included strategies to teach reading in English, teacher knowledge of language learning, and methods to use in very large classes. The common elements in the two lists of teacher concerns show the teachers' awareness of some of the themes current in second language learning theory and research. Both groups are interested in using content other than language for teaching English; the Venezuelan group, to provide interest in large classes, and the California group, to improve the fit between English and other secondary school subjects. Both mention mastery of a variety of teaching techniques as important. The differences in the lists demonstrate the profound influence of student population and institutional setting on second language instruction. The results can help those developing materials to serve the needs of teachers in different settings with different objectives. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Large Group Instruction, Learning Processes, Material Development, Reading Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (16th, San Diego, CA, April 1985). In: CATESOL (California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Occasional Papers, Number 11, Fall 1985. p93-102.