Date of Graduation

Fall 12-18-2015

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

College/School

School of Education

Department/Program

International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Dr. Onllwyn Dixon

Abstract

Reflective teaching practices are meaningful and practical ways for administrators to support and encourage ongoing professional development among ESL teachers. Today, the global demand for English instruction has greatly surpassed the supply of qualified and experienced teachers. Many ESL teachers, therefore, can benefit significantly from continuous professional development, especially at Intensive English Programs preparing international students for higher education in the US.

Administrators can help further teacher development through the implementation of microteaching, peer observations, and surveys. These methods effectively foster professional growth by stimulating reflective inquiry, which promotes personal learning, behavior modification, and better performance. Furthermore, these practices help teachers identify classroom strengths and weaknesses, giving them an overall idea of their teaching competency. They also encourage teacher collaboration while uniting the teaching staff in a common goal of development. By implementing these methods of reflective teaching, administrators can support professional growth by providing teachers with the opportunity to become students of teaching.

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