Personally, I don't really think this is the entirely the teacher's fault. It seems, from the preliminary results to my survey so far (but I really need more responses!!) that many teacher education programs, even newer ones, breeze over ESL methods or require no classes on meeting the needs of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. This is a disservice to the teacher and the student.
However, many districts do offer professional development that helps teachers, but does not entirely fill the gap in their knowledge and abilities to meet the needs of their students. Professional development does assist the teachers in identifying and and using strategies to meet some of the needs of the students; though we know that a one or even four day workshop cannot take the place of an semester-long college-level course.
All of that I have said to get around to the point of....I want your input. I want to know how your teacher education program prepared you. All of the responses are completely anonymous (you don't even have to identify the college or university you received your degree from) and will be used for educational research purposes only.
Please take both parts of the survey to ensure the fidelity of the results I will receive. I am really interested in this information, so feel free to pass the survey links on to other teachers you know. Each part of the survey takes about 1 minutes to complete....so help education (and our students) by taking 2 minutes out of your day! Thanks in advance.
Public School Teacher Exposure to ELL Pedagogy Survey Part I
Public School Teacher Exposure to ELL Pedagogy Survey Part II