Practical world of ESL teachers in the Eastern School district, St. John's, NL : pedagogical experiences and challenges

Viltchek, Olga (2011) Practical world of ESL teachers in the Eastern School district, St. John's, NL : pedagogical experiences and challenges. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The personal accounts of five ESL teachers were analysed using elements of a grounded theory approach, and compared to the existing professional literature. The major emerging themes were motivation, teachers' professional preparation, collaboration with different groups involved in ESL education and work challenges. Main instrinsic motivational factors indicated by the teachers were desire to work in a multicultural environment and love for children. The study also showed that the teachers' professional preparation was not sufficient for working with students with learning gaps. Results showed that ESL teachers in the District encounter challenges comparable to what ESL teachers experience in other Canadian provinces and the US. Thus, the study suggested that the teachers have challenges in maintaining collaboration with certain groups, such as parents, social workers (SWIS) and administration. They also encounter institutional barriers and other constrains that have practical impact on their professional practices and outcomes. However some issues such as lack of curriculum and assesment kits, unstable job security, and inappropriate working conditions in some schools are triggered by the particular context of the District.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 9566
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 194-218.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2011
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Eastern School District (N.L.); English language--Study and teaching--Newfoundland and Labrador; English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers; English teachers--Newfoundland and Labrador--Attitudes; Employee motivation

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