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ERIC Number: ED475738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 8
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ESL Teachers' Perceptions of the Cultural Variables that Impact on Teaching and Learning in the ESL Classroom.
Yeager, Deborah; Sivell, John
In this qualitative and naturalistic study, a teacher study group (TSG) examined cultural variables impacting the English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classroom through focus group discussions and critical incident reports. Participants observed that, whereas cross-cultural communication (or miscommunication) of an international nature very definitely was a factor, another influential element in their classroom experience stemmed from ambiguities or conflicts arising from their adaptation to the professional culture of the institutions where they were teaching: especially as non-credit instructors working in a primarily for-credit setting, uncertainty about their own professional identity became a significant dimension of their experience as teachers. Participating in the TSG contributed to their improved understanding of these diverse currents. (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada