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ERIC Number: ED459615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Pages: 31
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Reengineering the ESL Practitioner for Content-Based Instruction.
Haynes, Lilith M.
The idea of content-based instruction (CBI) is at odds with the curricula of most English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teacher preparation programs. Nor does it fit easily with the skill-based texts and learning packages that are used widely in the field. There is also little agreement about the methods to be used to effect it at various levels of proficiency and across the range of academic settings from kindergarten to grade 16. Accordingly, attempting CBI in the context of an intensive English program that enrolls nearly a thousand academically sophisticated adult students every semester presupposes a massive effort to reorient instructors and reinvent curricula. This paper presents the results of such an experiment conducted over a 7-year period. The findings permit the development of an outline for reengineering the preparation of ESL professionals. Moreover, they suggest guidelines for altering methods used by traditional instructors so that CBI, intensive English language programs, ESL instructors, and a wide variety of students may all enjoy greater professional satisfaction and success. (Contains 24 footnotes, survey/questionnaire, and 2 tables.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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