News from Ester’s Blog

  • Expanding EAL expertise: Taking a multilingual stance
    by Ester de Jong on 2020-02-16 at 13:00

    English as an Additional Language (EAL) students are increasingly taught by non-specialist, mainstream teachers. This trend calls for a reconceptualization of teacher education to explicitly and purposefully include linguistically and culturally responsive pedagogy in their curriculum. In the United States, several frameworks have been proposed to address this need, although much still needs to be learned about actual practice in preservice teacher preparation programs. In this article, I caution against the monolingual bias in preservice teacher preparation and argue for the mandate for developing a multilingual stance for all teachers of EAL students.

  • Exploring professional identities of nonnative‐English‐speaking teachers in the United States: A narrative case study
    by See Citation on 2019-12-07 at 18:10

    Abstract: This article explores the experiences of a Chinese language teacher in the United States and how she constructed and negotiated her professional identities during and after her teacher preparation in a U.S.‐based English as a second language (ESL) teacher preparation program. Using narrative inquiry to understand the participant’s experience and perspectives of her professional

  • General Education Teacher Educators and English Language Learner Teacher Preparation: Infusion as Curricular Change
    by See Citation on 2019-10-28 at 13:20

    Abstract: To address the needs of English Language Leaners (ELLs) in grade-level content-area classrooms, teacher education programs are moving toward “infused” models of instruction where preservice general education courses include ELL-specific content. Little is known about how this curricular change is accomplished. To address this gap, this qualitative study examined how general teacher educators address

  • A Multilingualism-as-a-Resource Orientation in Dual Language Education
    by See Citation on 2019-04-22 at 13:47

    Abstract: Dual language educators and program planners rely on the concept of ‘language as a resource’ as a foundational principle of dual language education (DLE). Traditionally, the term has been juxtaposed to viewing language as a problem and treating students’ home linguistic and cultural experiences as a deficit rather than an asset for teaching and

  • Formalizing Language Teacher Association Leadership Development
    by See Citation on 2018-12-01 at 18:46

    Abstract: Like many boards of directors, TESOL International Association has a system in place to support new board members, and to help them take on and carry out their roles and responsibilities efficiently and effectively. The informal and voluntary coaching-mentoring arrangement is known as a ‘buddy system’; an idea which goes back at least 50 years