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    NCATE/TESOL Teacher Education Standards

    The current NCATE/TESOL teacher education standards are prescriptive, impractical, foster an instrumentalist worldview, and as such are fundamentally flawed and endangering the quality of teacher education programs. As our students (teacher trainees and ESL/EFL students) seek better opportunities in life, they depend on our ability to provide them with quality instruction. What we need is an effective accreditation system relying on peer accreditation in an environment of mutual respect, accountability, and qualitative assessment methods.

    Such qualitative assessment could take place through evaluation of narratives in which each domain as defined by NCATE/TESOL (language, culture, planning/implementing/managing instruction, assessment, and professionalism) would be addressed. Reviewers would be able to evaluate these texts based on criteria accepted in the academia (for instance, consistency, treatment of theory and empirical research, adequacy to local needs, and so on). This system would be based on professional evaluation methods such as peer review, self-assessment, and demonstration of knowledge of theory and research. This is the professional model of accreditation.

    Unfortunately, instead of such professional model, TESOL focuses on expected candidate outcomes – the prescribed outcomes model. The professional model is ideal for the post-modern world in that it allows multiple approaches and solutions; a prescribed outcomes model promotes a homogeneous curricular mindset based on positivist philosophy and canonical knowledge and “best practices.”

    Some other problems with the new TESOL standards:
    1) There are as many as thirteen standards and no less than seventy performance indicators
    2) As any ESL teacher knows, aspects of teaching cannot be isolated
    3) Some areas of important knowledge cannot be found in the standards

    The present prescriptive form of the document is dangerous because:
    1) it tries to justify control and creates a false impression of uniformity
    2) it fosters micromanagement
    3) it promotes an instrumentalist philosophy (teacher as a mere technician, not a researcher or an independent thinker)

    The prescriptive, instrumental, and impractical TESOL/NCATE standards must be changed to accommodate the new professional model of teacher training and education accreditation. In their present form, they are degrading to us as teacher educators and of little practical use to our trainees and students.

    Reference
    Newman, M., & Hanauer, D. (2005). The NCATE/TESOL Teacher education standards: A critical review. TESOL Quarterly, 34 (3).
    http://www.english.iup.edu/dhanauer/web/
    Last edited by TESOL Researcher; 26-May-2006 at 18:10.

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    You say they must be changed, but can they be? In the UK they introduced an appalling curriculum and tried to centrally manage things, and it was ghastly; one of the reasons why I left the country.

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    Hi everyone,

    Sorry that I have been away these last few weeks and I didn't visit the site for quite some time. But, I am now back and looking forward to make use of the resources to support my ESL classes.

    By the way, could you direct me as to whether I can find some reading material, such as, news, short stories, that I may be able to use?

    Regards

    twybug

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    Quote Originally Posted by twybug View Post
    Hi everyone,
    Sorry that I have been away these last few weeks and I didn't visit the site for quite some time. But, I am now back and looking forward to make use of the resources to support my ESL classes.
    By the way, could you direct me as to whether I can find some reading material, such as, news, short stories, that I may be able to use?
    Regards
    twybug
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    Have you tried breakingnewsenglish.com?

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