ERIC Number: ED423711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Trends in Staff Development for Adult ESL Instructors. ERIC Q & A.
Burt, Miriam; Keenan, Fran
Because of the high and rising numbers of adult students of English as a Second Language (ESL), the need for qualified teachers is strong. Instructors need to know how to work with a learner population that is diverse in race, culture, native language, economic status, motivation, and educational background. They also need to know how adults learn best and how instruction can best facilitate this learning, and in particular, how adults learn a second language. An inquiry-based model for staff development, using systematic, intentional teacher research on school and classroom work addresses a number of professional development concerns for this population. Federal and state initiatives provide some support for staff development programs and resources, a number of states (including California, Illinois, Texas, Massachusetts, and Virginia) have notable programs. Some of the challenges to good staff development are minimal state and local certification requirements, the part-time nature of adult instruction, high staff turnover rates due to working conditions, a limited research base for adult instruction, and limited resources. Promising practices for staff development include distance education and electronic networking. Contains 28 references. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, English (Second Language), Enrollment Trends, Language Teachers, Literacy Education, Public Policy, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Staff Development, Trend Analysis
NCLE, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016-1859.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.; Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.