ERIC Number: EJ839773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Using "ESOL Rounds" to Prepare Middle Level Candidates for Work with English Language Learners
Virtue, David C.
Middle Grades Research Journal, v4 n1 p1-24 Spr 2009
This article presents findings from an action research study that investigates the impact of an inquiry project designed to help better prepare pre-service middle level teacher interns for their work with English language learners (ELLs). The inquiry project combined a "rounds" approach with ethnographic observation to help pre-service interns see beneath the surface of school life and to better understand the kinds of multilayered transitions that middle level ELLs navigate on a daily basis. Three questions guide this ongoing action research project: (1) What do the interns tend to see and hear during the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) rounds experience? (2) What do the interns learn from or value in the ESOL rounds experience? and (3) In what ways can the ESOL rounds experience be improved? Data suggest that interns view the rounds inquiry project as a valuable learning experience; their assumptions about ELLs are challenged during the experience; they notice differences in behavior as ELLs transition from one class to another; and they tend to focus on language use during their observations. Recommendations for implementing rounds in teacher education programs are provided, and further implications of this research for teacher education are discussed.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Action Research, Second Language Learning, Teacher Interns, Learning Experience, English (Second Language), Middle Schools, Reflective Teaching, Observation, Orientation
Institute for School Improvement, Missouri State University. 901 South National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65897. Tel: 417-836-8854; Fax: 417-836-8881; Web site: http://www.isi.missouristate.edu
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina