ERIC Number: EJ1059211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners: Perspectives from Arizona's Latino/a Teachers
Okhremtchouk, Irina; González, Taucia
Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, v8 n1 p20-36 2014
It has been long established that Latino/a teachers have unique capacities to advance educational trajectories for their English language learner (ELL) students. However, while the Latino/a ELL student population continues to expand in numbers, the number of Latino/a teachers entering the teaching profession remains small. In this empirical research study, we center our attention on Arizona's Latino/a teachers, their pre-service trajectories, and in-service experiences with ELLs. Specifically, we asked participants to reflect on their experiences during pre-service preparation and in-service practices as these relate to students who are learning English. We conclude this article with a number of salient themes, which further confirm the possibility that Latino/a teachers are an imperative necessity to improving academic experiences for ELLs, especially in Arizona.
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Teacher Attitudes, English (Second Language), Preservice Teacher Education, Teaching Experience, Educational Practices, Language of Instruction, Language Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Educational Strategies, Teacher Student Relationship, Code Switching (Language), Heritage Education, Cultural Background, Ethnicity, Teacher Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona