ERIC Number: ED368176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Gwinnett/GSU Language Leadership Team Project.
Hough, Ruth A.
A collaborative project of the Gwinnett County Schools and Georgia State University, federally funded, was designed as an inservice teacher development program to improve the instructional competence of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and mainstream teachers working with limited-English-proficient (LEP) students in elementary and secondary schools. The approach used was to provide teams of instructors with strategies for coordinating instruction and sharing expertise with colleagues. Most of the training activities in the 40-50 hour course were multi-level, cooperative, experience-based, authentic, and flexibly organized and integrated language and literacy learning across content areas and sociocultural situations. Most training sessions included instructor input, opportunities for teams to adapt content to their own classroom situations, and time and support for work on team projects. Across the project's 2 years, 84 ESL and mainstream teachers were served. Project results were assessed using surveys, interviews, and results of team projects. Most of the teacher changes found to have occurred during the project involved awareness of the special needs and unique capabilities of LEP students and the need for improved communication among ESL teachers, mainstream teachers, and parents. Increased use of instructional strategies and support of LEP students were also reports. (Contains 10 references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Interprofessional Relationship, Language Teachers, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, Program Descriptions, Teamwork, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Univ., Atlanta. Center for the Study of Adult Literacy.