ERIC Number: ED447724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Programs That Prepare Teachers To Work Effectively with Students Learning English. ERIC Digest.
Gonzalez, Josue E.; Darling-Hammond, Linda
Schools and teacher education programs have begun to rethink preservice and inservice professional development to take into account the need for teachers to work effectively with students learning English. New approaches to teacher education are based on the belief that English language learners' access to challenging content can be enhanced through teaching strategies that provide multiple pathways to the understanding of language and content. Because students must use language to acquire academic content in mainstream classes, second language teaching must be integrated with the social, cultural, and political contexts of language use. This digest first provides a summary of some of the problems associated with traditional teacher education, including a failure to see the interconnectedness between first and second languages and cultures; fragmentation and isolation of language teaching and learning; view of language; paralyzing focus on methodology; and the disjuncture between language and culture. It then describes preservice and inservice programs that prepare teachers to work effectively with English language learners. (VWL)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Faculty Development, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Language Minorities, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Descriptions, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016. For full text: http://www.cal.org/ericcll/DIGEST.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.