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ERIC Number: EJ1127318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2322-1291
Exploring Change in Preservice Teachers' Beliefs about English Language Learning and Teaching
Clark-Goff, Kylah; Eslami, Zohreh
Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research, v4 n3 p21-36 Oct 2016
The beliefs a teacher carries into the classroom are a strong predictor of behaviour and, thus, have educational implications. With more English Language Learners (ELLs) worldwide, in mainstream classrooms in English speaking countries and in content-based classes in other countries around the globe than ever before, it is essential that pre-service teachers' beliefs about these students are understood and, when possible, altered to ensure positive and productive educational experiences. This study examined the initial language learning beliefs and attitudes toward ELLs among 354 pre-service teachers in a large public university and compared it to their beliefs after their ESL related coursework. The findings demonstrate beliefs about ELLs can be changed, influencing pre-service teachers' practices in future classrooms. Survey data collected before and after specific coursework revealed a significant shift in preservice teachers' beliefs, indicating more alignment with current research and sound educational practice. Semi-structured focus-group interviews provided supporting evidence. These findings suggest pre-service teachers need evidence-based coursework in language development and language learning processes to overcome misconceptions regarding ELLs.
Urmia University Press. Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Urmia, 165, Iran; Tel: +98-44-32752741; Fax: +98-44-32752746; e-mail: info@urmia.ac.ir; Web site: http://www.urmia.ac.ir/ijltr
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iran