ERIC Number: ED440386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-18
Who's Afraid of Bilingual Learners? The Role of Teachers' Attitudes and Beliefs.
This paper explores a range of attitudes about bilingual/bicultural learners in a secondary school context. It presents findings of a qualitative case study of the role of the classroom context in constraining or enabling English Language Learners' (ELLs') academic success. Interviews were conducted with mainstream teachers in English, Social Studies, Math, and Science, as well as the school ESL teachers. A series of classroom observations were also conducted with each teacher-participant, and artifacts (such as worksheets, text assignments) were analyzed for the linguistic-cognitive demands placed on the learner. The paper discusses the problematic contradictions embedded in beliefs teachers and staff hold about both adolescent learners in general and adolescent ELLs. Appendixes contain a chart expressing the continuum of teacher stances and features of high schools that promote the achievement of language-minority students. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Spring Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English (New York, NY, March 16-18, 2000).