First Language Teacher : A Low Amount Of Second Language Teachers

1835 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 8 Pages
Scott Kissau and Elena King elaborate on the reasoning behind there being such a low amount of second language teachers. One, it is a hard field trying to think of ways to teach students who understand English is hard enough, it is a completely different matter to try and teach students life skills while teaching them English at the same time. Two, so many new teachers go the alternative route when getting their teaching licensure that they are wholly unprepared. Schools are in desperate need of second language teachers though so the best way to train teachers to teach English as a second language or even teach a foreign language is to partner them with an experienced ESL teacher. However, this dream is not a reality. Experienced ESL teachers do not want to train new teachers because doing so does not benefit them in anyway. Also, new teachers find older, experienced teachers to be intimidating and unapproachable. The best way to solve this problem, according to school districts, was to pair new, inexperienced teachers with slightly less new, graduate students who had at least a year of experience. The particular study that Kissau and King researched involved 27 mentors and mentees that were around the same age and experience level. Only two of the 27 mentors had four years of experience teaching and none of the other mentors had more experience than that. Pairing inexperienced teachers with barely experienced teachers sounds like a bad idea; however, the mentors and mentees…
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