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ERIC Number: EJ1152280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0008-4506
Non-Native Speakers of the Language of Instruction: Self-Perceptions of Teaching Ability
Samuel, Carolyn
Canadian Modern Language Review, v73 n3 p393-417 Aug 2017
Given the linguistically diverse instructor and student populations at Canadian universities, mutually comprehensible oral language may not be a given. Indeed, both instructors who are non-native speakers of the language of instruction (NNSLIs) and students have acknowledged oral communication challenges. Little is known, though, about how the NNSLI population perceives its ability to teach in a second language (L2). This paper presents results pertaining to one part of a larger, exploratory study that investigated how NNSLI instructors perceive their ability to teach in their L2. Teachers' perceptions of themselves as able classroom teachers, referred to as teachers' sense of efficacy (Bandura, 1997; Woolfolk Hoy & Burke-Spero, 2005), are important for their potential positive impact on student learning. To examine how NNSLIs perceive their language ability to shape their classroom teaching, data were collected through semi-structured interviews with participants (n = 14) from English- and French-medium Canadian universities. Thematic analyses of the interview data revealed that self-perceptions of language ability influence instructional strategy choices. In addition, NNSLIs described going to great lengths to prepare their language for teaching and emphasized that this extra layer of teaching preparation is especially time-consuming. Results and implications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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