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ERIC Number: ED369279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Coping with Teacher Resistance: Insights from INSET Programmes.
Saraswathi, V.
Inservice education for teachers of English as a Second Language in India is discussed, focusing on the problem of teacher resistance to change in teaching practice. First, the need for inservice teacher education in the Indian context is examined, noting that standards of both student and teacher English language proficiency have been declining. Two specific challenges to Indian inservice teacher education are identified: convincing teachers of the desirability and feasibility of change; and improving teachers' English communication skills without giving offense. A model of inservice ESL teacher training, characterized by encouragement of personal growth and a climate supporting expression of participants' feelings, is described. The model consists of four instructional phases: (1) open discussion of participants' teaching problems and constraints; (2) a group advanced language exercise that is later revealed to trainees as a potential teaching technique; (3) reflection on the experience and elicitation of trainee perspectives and theories; and (4) an opportunity for trainees to design tasks to suit their own teaching situations, with guidance and technical support. Comparison with an existing program using a similar technique suggests that this approach is more efficient of time and uses a more effective approach to establishing participant rapport. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India