ERIC Number: ED274189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Toward a Better Preparation of the Non-Native ESOL Teacher.
Foreign student trainees in English as a second language (ESL) teacher training programs in the United States have special concerns regarding their teacher preparation programs. These concerns include feelings of anxiety and competition with their native English speaking peers, being expected to have cultural understanding not only of the United States but of other cultures as well, required courses that bear no relevance to their needs, reconciling new and old methodology, and lack of appropriate practice teaching opportunities. Development of training programs for this population should be based as much as possible on careful consideration of their educational backgrounds and possible future work. Involving the trainees in their own program planning can be highly motivating. A proposed plan for program adaptation for non-native ESOL teachers (non-NETs) addresses each of these areas and includes gradual but adequate exposure to practice teaching beginning with students of the same native language background, systematic classroom observation, the option of teaching in practice classes as well as with an experienced teacher, team teaching with a native speaker trainee, and self-evaluation using videotapes. The plan involves coordination between the ESL and teacher preparation programs and requires faculty cooperation, but the result is accommodation of non-NETs' needs and more interaction and wider perspectives for native participants. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: On TESOL '84. A Brave New World for TESOL. Selected Papers from the Annual Convention of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (18th, Houston, Texas, March 6-11, 1984); see FL 016 005.