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ERIC Number: EJ830627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Discussion on a Listserv: What do Foreign Language Teachers Talk about?
Hoyle, Susan M.; Pufahl, Ingrid
Learning Languages, v12 n2 p34-40 Spr 2007
Nandu, a listserv for elementary school foreign language teachers, was designed to address the need for peer discussion and up-to-date resources. In this article, the authors report on the findings of a small-scale study of what Nandu listserv participants discuss. Analyses of postings during a six-month period showed that teachers use the listserv to resolve problems that they face in their daily practice, and when conflict arises, they resolve it amicably and (as they explicitly claim) learn from it. The findings of this study will be of interest to practitioners and teacher educators who want to learn more about the day-to-day concerns of foreign language teachers in order to provide relevant resources and staff development. Current and prospective teachers will find that listserv participation offers not only timely information, but also the opportunity to re-examine their assumptions through collegial discussion. (Contains 1 table, 5 examples, and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A