ERIC Number: ED354722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Framework for Culture Learning in ESL Teacher Education.
Terdal, Marjorie; Brown, Kimberley
It is proposed that professional preparation programs for English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teachers can help teachers become better cultural observers by drawing on their prior experiences in developing perceptions about their own culture and the classroom culture. A theoretical framework and its application in one ESL teacher education program are described. The theoretical framework is based on the work of cognitive anthropologists, such as Goodenough. The tasks in pre-service ESL teacher training are organized sequentially to help future teachers move from reflection on what has shaped their own world view to designing activities that incorporate a culture studies approach for language classroom use. A three-course methods sequence and a course in culture learning in the language classroom are described, and their role in the larger training program is explained. The structure and chronology of particular assignments, and the way in which they facilitate student transition to the professional role of language educator, are discussed. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (26th, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 3-7, 1992).