The application of the ABC's model in ESL teacher education : patterns and effects

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Ye He, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Barbara Levin

Abstract: "In order to increase English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teachers' cultural diversity awareness, this study applied Schmidt's ABC's (Autobiography, Biography, and Cross-cultural Comparison) Model to an ESL teacher education course and described the patterns and effects of the adaptation. The Multicultural Attitude Survey and the Cultural Diversity Awareness Inventory were conducted in a pre/post manner with 17 participants. The results showed a significant difference (p<.01) between teachers' pre and post scores, indicating higher levels of cultural diversity awareness and perceptions of better preparedness for multicultural classrooms among the participants after conducting the ABC's project. Qualitative analysis was then conducted to illustrate the development of cultural diversity awareness of eight individual teachers with different cross-cultural and teaching experiences. Group comparisons were provided to capture the impact of teachers' cross-cultural and teaching experiences on their development. Hones' (1999) model of teachers' cultural roles was applied in the analysis of this study. The results of the study indicated that teachers' cross-cultural experiences and their teaching experiences strongly impact their development of cultural diversity awareness in conducting the ABC's project. It was confirmed that the adaptation of the ABC's model facilitated the development of ESL teachers' cultural roles. Hones' model was also modified and expanded based on the empirical data."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

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Language: English
Date: 2005
English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL), teachers, cultural diversity, ABC's (Autobiography, Biography, and Cross-cultural Comparison) Model, teaching experiences
English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers
English language--Study and teaching--United States
Multicultural education--United States
Teachers--training of

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