Challenges confronting teachers of English language learners

Khong, Thi Diem Hang and Saito, Eisuke (2014) Challenges confronting teachers of English language learners. Educational Review, 66 2: 210-225. doi:10.1080/00131911.2013.769425


Author Khong, Thi Diem Hang
Saito, Eisuke
Title Challenges confronting teachers of English language learners
Journal name Educational Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0013-1911
1465-3397
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/00131911.2013.769425
Open Access Status
Volume 66
Issue 2
Start page 210
End page 225
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Subject 3304 Education
Abstract The number of English language learners and limited English proficient students has grown exponentially in the United States over the past decades. Given the huge cultural and linguistic diversity among them, educating this population of students remains a challenge for teachers. This paper aims to review the types of challenges that educators face when teaching limited English proficient students in the US context. Findings from existing literature show the obstacles teachers confront are social, institutional, and personal in nature. Although some research has emphasised stronger teacher education programmes as a solution to problems related to the teaching and learning of these students, these programmes are insufficient for teachers to overcome all of the challenges they face. Concerted efforts by educators, local and central administrators, academics, local communities, and lawmakers are necessary.
Keyword English language learners
Language minority
Limited English proficiency
Teacher challenges
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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