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ERIC Number: EJ759504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-11
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Influx of New Students Can Outpace Teacher Preparation: But Training Programs Don't Always Find a Receptive Audience
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v24 n36 p6-7 May 2005
By and large, teachers in the southeastern corner of Missouri known as the Bootheel have been slow to seek out added training to teach English as a second language. Adelaide H. Parsons, a linguistics professor and the director of Southeast Missouri State, or SEMO's graduate program for teachers of English to speakers of other languages, a specialty known as TESOL, is puzzled why more teachers from the Bootheel are not seeking the training. Although some districts in the Bootheel have dozens of English-language learners and others have only a few, training in teaching students with limited English skills is becoming more critical. In this article, the author describes how university and state education experts on English-language learners throughout the region struggle to motivate longtime teachers to be trained in new methods of helping such students, and to make that training affordable and accessible, particularly in rural areas.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri