ERIC Number: EJ944149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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The Professional Development of Rural ESL Instructors: Program Administrators' and Instructors' Views
Abbott, Marilyn L.; Rossiter, Marian J.
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v57 n2 p204-219 Sum 2011
In this article, we report perceived professional development (PD) needs, interests, and challenges of ESL instructors in rural Alberta from the perspectives of instructors and administrators. We collected questionnaire responses from instructors who taught in programs offered in five rural locations with a large recent influx of newcomers requiring ESL instruction. This was followed by focus-group interviews with the instructors and individual interviews with their program administrators. The findings highlight the importance of PD designed to meet the specific needs of rural instructors and to facilitate effective ESL teaching and learning in their communities. We offer recommendations for designing PD for ESL programs.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, English Teachers, English (Second Language), Administrators, Rural Education, Educational Needs, Interests, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada