ERIC Number: ED273154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
University Models for ESL and Bilingual Teacher Training.
Collier, Virginia P.
University programs to train teachers of bilingual education (BE) and English as a second language (ESL) are expanding and maturing, but much remains to be explored and accomplished. Hundreds of thousands of BE and ESL teachers currently need training to accommodate program staffing needs. Over half the states have developed BE and/or ESL teacher certification requirements, but the requirements vary. A variety of teacher competency guidelines for curriculum design and teacher certification have been produced. Most do not require specialized courses but the need for them is increasingly evident, at the same time that there is pressure to shorten the process leading to certification. In most cases, separate programs are designed for BE and ESL teachers, but there is often substantial coursework overlap and an integrated approach is recommended. It is also necessary to bring elements of BE/ESL training into the mainstream teacher education curriculum. Assessment issues, which have not yet been addressed generally by the states, include program entrance requirements for English proficiency and measurement of proficiency in the two languages appropriate for classroom language use. Despite the relative inexperience of university faculty in BE/ESL teacher training, there are many professionals in higher education who are interested in institutionalizing BE/ESL training and strengthening the link between research and the classroom. (MSE)
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Note: In: English Language Development. Proceedings of a Conference on Issues in English Language Development for Minority Language Education (Arlington, VA, July 24, 1985); see FL 015 974.