Critical service-learning in adult ESOL teacher preparation: Reflections from the field

Nicole Pettitt, Ashley Ekers, Chanelle Campbell, Marwok Gure

Abstract


In the United States, few universities offer pre-service training for new teachers entering adult ESOL teaching and learning contexts.  This paper reports on a pilot service-learning course offered during spring 2015 at (name of university in Georgia removed), “Teaching adult ESOL in community settings” -- one of only four courses of its kind in the country (of which we are aware).  We begin by introducing the course and its philosophy, then share reflections on our experiences in the course and lessons learned.  We conclude with a call for others to take up this work at universities and communities in Georgia.


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TESOL; teacher education; service learning

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