ERIC Number: ED468317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
An Exploration of Pre-Service Teacher Perceptions of Second Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom.
Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, v5 n1 p207-221 spec iss Fall 2000
This qualitative study explores the perceptions of a group of White and Hispanic preservice teachers toward the English language learners they tutored over the course of a semester. Nine White participants and five Hispanic participants were interviewed. Comparisons of interview data reveal that White participants and Hispanic participants chose to identify with their tutees in different ways, had different expectations for their tutees, and offered different suggestions for intervention on behalf of their tutees. The bilingualism and life experiences of Hispanic participants enabled them to assess and work with the language and academic skills of their tutees more effectively than their White, monolingual, monocultural counterparts. The impacts of life experiences and university training are discussed. (Contains 36 references.) (Author/SM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Cultural Influences, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Hispanic American Students, Limited English Speaking, Preservice Teacher Education, Second Language Learning, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teacher Student Relationship, White Students
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings for the Texas Foreign Language [Education] Conference (Austin, Texas, March 31-April 1, 2000); see FL 027 384. This paper was not presented at the conference.