Mainstream teachers' expectations and perspectives of their role in educating English language learners

Doctorate other than PhD


Dixon, Stephen L.. 2017. Mainstream teachers' expectations and perspectives of their role in educating English language learners. Doctorate other than PhD Doctor of Education. University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/5c00aa63c4673
Title

Mainstream teachers' expectations and perspectives of their role in educating English language learners

TypeDoctorate other than PhD
Authors
AuthorDixon, Stephen L.
SupervisorO'Neill, Shirley
Riddle, Stuart
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Education
Number of Pages285
Year2017
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.26192/5c00aa63c4673
Abstract

Many mainstream teachers face the formidable challenge of concurrently teaching the English language learners (ELLs) in their classroom content in addition to language.
This situation creates extra work for these teachers to plan curriculum and implement teaching practices to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. The purpose of this mixed-methods sequential explanatory study is to develop a thorough understanding of how teachers at one international school in Tokyo, Japan perceive their role in teaching ELLs and why they have this perception. Constructivist learning theory forms a theoretical framework to ground this study. Through an analysis of survey results, a focus group meeting, and individual interviews with mainstream teachers from
elementary and middle school/high school, this study examines mainstream teachers’ expectations and perspectives regarding educating ELLs. This study’s findings advocate
for professional development to support professional learning communities in order to modify curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Conclusions and recommendations of this study also contribute to social change by creating better opportunities for English
language learners (ELLs) to reach high academic standards.

KeywordsEnglish language learners, mainstream teachers, expectations, perspectives
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470307. English language
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
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