Teacher Preparedness for a Changing Demographic of Language Learners

  • Nina Lee Webster
  • Angela Valeo


English-language learners (ELLs) are becoming common in classrooms with Ontario’s escalating immigration trends. Elementary school teachers are increasingly becoming responsible for meeting the needs of linguistically diverse children. This qualitative study explores current teacher preparation practices through preservice teachers’ (PT) perspectives and explores how prepared primary-junior PTs are to teach ELLs in southwestern Ontario. Through a structured interview, six certified graduates shared descriptive experiences, knowledge, and beliefs. Findings indicate that although moving toward greater ELL awareness and inclusive mindsets, there is evidence that well-intentioned teachers lack the competence necessary for effective classroom practice.
How to Cite
Webster, N., & Valeo, A. (2011). Teacher Preparedness for a Changing Demographic of Language Learners. TESL Canada Journal, 28(2), 105. https://doi.org/10.18806/tesl.v28i2.1075