Educators’ Perceptions of English as a Second (ESL) Training Needs in the Shoals Area

By Joy L.M. Brown.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The population of Northwestern Alabama has changed a great deal in the past decade. Due to the success of several industries, the number of English language learners in the school districts has grown rapidly. This study focuses on local teachers’ perceptions of the training they need in order to properly serve this new population of students.

Keywords: English Language Learners, Teacher Training, Professional Development

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.369-382. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 827.310KB).

Dr. Joy L.M. Brown

Associate Professor of Education, Department of Secondary Education, University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama, USA

Dr. Joy Brown is an Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of North Alabama. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi in the area of Education, Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She currently teaches teachers to work with English language learners in the undergraduate program at UNA. She has just completed writing a program for a Master’s level program (MATESOL) to train educators to work with English language learners. The proposal for the new program is expected to be approved in Fall 2009 and implemented in the Spring of 2010. She also teaches Educational Research and Teaching Reading in the Content Areas.


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