Title: A case study on foreign English teachers' challenges in Taiwanese elementary schools
Authors: Chen, Cheryl Wei-yu
Cheng, Yuh-show
Institute of Teaching English to speakers of other Languages
Keywords: Foreign English teachers;Teaching-abroad experiences
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2010
Abstract: With the spread of English as the global language, many people from English-speaking countries go to foreign land to work as English teachers. A review of the literature reveals that there is little research on these teachers' teaching-abroad experiences. The current study is an attempt to address this gap in the literature. Situated in an intercultural team-teaching program in Taiwan, this study documents the many challenges that three South African teachers faced. The data suggest that one common challenge is doubts on their accents. They also confronted various problems, including having to teach something they were not familiar with, managing misbehaved students, and teaching large classes. The study calls for a better preparation for foreign English teachers before they begin their teaching assignments. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2009.12.004
ISSN: 0346-251X
DOI: 10.1016/j.system.2009.12.004
Journal: SYSTEM
Volume: 38
Issue: 1
Begin Page: 41
End Page: 49
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