ERIC Number: ED296593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
State-Mandated English Proficiency Requirements for Classroom Instructors.
In the past several years, a number of states have enacted laws requiring all classroom instructors employed by the state to be proficient in English. Other states will have similar laws on the books within the year, and another handful are still considering the issue. These laws have affected primarily the international teaching assistants (ITAs). Programs have been instituted to prepare the ITAs more adequately for their classroom duties, but for the most part these have been individual responses by the affected institutions. There is very little comprehensive information available on the political and administrative questions that these English proficiency laws have raised. Those questions address such issues as the locus of ultimate responsibility for ensuring compliance, the responsibility of the entities that fund and/or administer the programs, state government and university administration expectations, follow-up and enforcement mechanisms, definitions of proficiency, and assessment and placement of the ITAs. Reports from the state governments suggest a variety of solutions to the proficiency requirements. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), English (Second Language), Foreign Students, Higher Education, Language Proficiency, Limited English Speaking, National Surveys, Program Administration, Public Colleges, School Responsibility, State Government, State Standards, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Assistants
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (22nd, Chicago, IL, March 8-13, 1988).