ERIC Number: ED377680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
A Descriptive Study of Teachers' Views on Instructional Methods for English as a Second Language Students.
Nixon, Sarah B.
A survey of 80 high school teachers in five cities (Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; New York, New York; Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois) investigated teacher attitudes concerning the preparation of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students for entry into the mainstream curriculum. The survey contained 11 questions on teacher background and 20 questions on teachers' views concerning effective instructional methods. Analyses included cross-tabulations of years of teaching experience, degree held, ESL certification and languages spoken by the teachers, and responses concerning instructional methods. Conclusions drawn from the results include the following: (1) teachers do not believe non-native English-speaking students are entering the mainstream curriculum with sufficient language skills; (2) there is a need for transitional courses; and (3) the most beneficial instructional methods for ESL students are those that teach identifying the main idea, understanding the use of details, and summarizing; provide interesting experiences to talk about and listen to; and free writing, journal writing, and grammar instruction through writing and reading. The survey instrument and cover letter are appended. Contains 25 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Southwest Missouri State University.