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ERIC Number: ED456652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-1
Pages: 29
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What Do They Need from MA TESOL Programs: A Case Study of Four Non-Native EFL Teachers.
Lo, Yi-Hsuan Gloria
This paper considers the situation of a non-native speaker of English who is educated in teaching English to speakers of other languages in the United States, and then returns to his or her country of origin to teach. This teacher encountered many difficulties and much resistance to the teaching methodologies learned in American graduate schools in her native culture. This paper investigates the extent to which other teachers trained in the United States encountered similar difficulties when returning to the native countries. The teacher, in this case, recounts her experiences in Taiwan. This study contains interviews with four Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL) graduate students (three from Taiwan, one from Thailand) who received their master's degrees in the United States and returned to their homelands to teach after completing their studies. Three questions are addressed: (1) To what extent do Master's (MA) TESOL programs fulfill the needs and expectations of non-native English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) teachers? (2) What are the factors that hinder the fulfillment of the needs and expectations of non-native EFL teachers? and (3) What recommendations and implications can be drawn from this study for MA TESOL programs? It is found that there are no EFL programs that specifically cater to the needs of those planning to teach abroad. It is suggested that a collaborative model of a MA TESOL program be created to cater to these students. Suggestions for making the program more responsive to such students are included. Appendices A and B contain a questionnaire and semi-structured interview questions. (Contains 23 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan