ERIC Number: EJ833489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 8
Community in a Hurry: Social Contracts and Social Covenants in Short-Term ESL Courses
Martinsen, Rob A.
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n121 p55-64 Spr 2009
Like many adult ESL instructors, the author has felt firsthand the challenges of creating community in short-term courses. Through his experience, he has noticed that in order to successfully build community in short-term ESL courses, teachers need to lay a foundation for social contracts and social covenants from the first day of the course and then take consistent steps to strengthen these commitments throughout the course. In this chapter, the author briefly discusses the nature of social contracts and social covenants as a basis for building community in short-term ESL courses. He then discusses the timely and consistent application of practices and techniques that can strengthen social contracts and social covenants in order to develop community in short-term ESL courses.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Classroom Techniques, Classroom Environment, Educational Practices, Performance Contracts, Management by Objectives, Teacher Student Relationship, Social Cognition, Second Language Instruction
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