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ERIC Number: EJ847921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
Professionalization and Exclusion in ESL Teaching
Breshears, Sherry
TESL Canada Journal, spec iss n4 p23-39 2004
As ESL/EFL teachers, how do we fit into the spectrum between unskilled workers and highly trained professionals? This article examines three features of the traditional professions and applies them to the ESL/EFL context. It considers problems with the lack of mandatory standardized certification, critically assesses attachment to the university, and examines the role of the professional organization in raising the status of the occupation. The article concludes by calling for further empirical inquiry into the working conditions of English-language teachers. In this way, we will be able to make informed choices about the direction our profession should take.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A