Helping Preservice Content-Area Teachers Relate to English Language Learners: An Investigation of Attitudes and Beliefs
AbstractIn the United States and Canada, as in many other countries, it has become common for teachers not specifically trained in English as a second language (ESL) to have immigrant and minority language students in their classrooms. These students, who are generally learning English along with the culture of their new countries, present many challenges for their teachers, who are often not appropriately trained to meet their needs. Often teachers of mathematics, science, and other content-area courses feel less than prepared for these students and lack the skills needed to accommodate instruction to their unique needs. In addition, these same teachers often harbor attitudes and beliefs about immigrant students that are not conducive to the development of a safe learning environment and are difficult to alter. This article describes how a community-based service-learning project (CBSL) was used to begin to investigate the attitudes and beliefs of preservice content-area teachers toward English language learners (ELLs). In this study many participants exhibited some level of change in their attitudes about working with ELLs.
How to Cite
Pappamihiel, E. (2007). Helping Preservice Content-Area Teachers Relate to English Language Learners: An Investigation of Attitudes and Beliefs. TESL Canada Journal, 24(2), 42–60. https://doi.org/10.18806/tesl.v24i2.138