ERIC Number: ED445560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Online Professional Development for Adult ESL Educators.
Hawk, William B.
Many adult English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teachers and tutors, paid and volunteer alike, often have great difficulty finding the time, opportunity, and resources to get training in areas vital to adult instruction, such as principles of adult education and learning, second language acquisition theory, teaching methodology, and the use of technology in instruction. These challenges have contributed to recent interest in distance learning opportunities available via the Internet. This article examines the benefits and challenges of online professional development, surveys the range of options available to adult ESL teachers and tutors, and provides guidance in exploring and evaluating these options. Several Web sites are described and discussed. The details of online professional development opportunities are also examined, including discussion lists and chat groups, online newsletters and journals, available lessons, instructional activities, and curricula, staff development materials, Web sites of ESL organizations and institutions, and Web portals. The article concludes with a discussion of what is to be expected of online professional development in the future. Nine references are provided and 5 additional resources are suggested. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse For ESL Literacy Education) (KFT)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Computer Mediated Communication, English (Second Language), Professional Education, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.; Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.