Better serving the needs of limited English proficient (LEP) students in the mainstream classroom: examining the impact of an inquiry-based hybrid professional development program

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In this study, the authors examine the impact of an English as a second language (ESL) professional development offering designed to meet this challenge: the Modular Design for English Language Learners (MODELL) instruction program. The authors were part of a team of faculty that designed and developed this hybrid professional development program to support classroom teachers challenged with assessing and addressing the educational needs of limited English proficient (LEP) students. The authors theorize that observing and describing the trajectory and complexities of the professional development process might offer significant insights for teacher educators regarding ways to prepare teachers for working in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. What was discovered through this study was that the teachers learned a lot about themselves and what they were capable of doing in the classroom; they learned that their peers struggled with similar issues and that out of this camaraderie, a solid support network could be established; and they learned that the multicultural classroom environment could be an asset to teaching and learning.

Keywords: English language learners; TESOL strategies; hybrid program; professional development; second language acquisition

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13540602.2011.538499

Affiliations: Department of Education, Pennsylvania State University, Center Valley, PA, USA

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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