Esl Teaching Abroad

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Research Proposal

Teaching English abroad poses many challenges but is a good opportunity for a family; it gives them immersion into a new culture, children benefit from a multilingual education, and it helps the parents to advance their career. For the research, I plan to interview an acquaintance that teaches abroad, search at the library for helpful books, but primarily find articles written by English teachers abroad that show the pros and cons of such a career and the impact on a small family.

Annotated Bibliography

Alptekin, Margaret. "The question of culture: EFL teaching in non-English-speaking countries." ELT Journal. 38.1 (1984): 14-20. Print.

This writing explores culture and its impact on teaching English as a Foreign Language. One approach it shows is the English teacher using their native culture to teach students. The other approach is supported by the foreign country natives that the students should be taught English without any influence from any culture.

Blackwell, Kelly. "Teaching Abroad With Children." ArticlesBase.com - Free Articles Directory. ArticlesBase.com, 11 October 2007. Web. 7 May 2012. http://www.articlesbase.com/k-12-education-articles/teaching-abroad-with-children-232528.html.

The author of this article provides some very useful information, specifically for parents who want to teach abroad. She outlines the advantages and disadvantages. She also offers great advice in what look for in companies as far as finding job placement and trying to maximize the benefits to your family from their employment packages.

Griffith, Susan. Teaching English Abroad.. 3rd. Princeton: Peterson's Guides, Inc., 1997. 418. Print.

This publication is interesting. It provides a look at each country that you could possibly teach in. It also shows how to best approach getting a job based on your level of experience in teaching. Another useful thing in here is that it shows what problems may arise and how best to avoid them.

Holtzapfel, Robert. Internet Chat Interview. 14. April. 2012.

This interview provided insight into the life of an English teacher who lives and teaches abroad in Japan. He gave an idea of what it is like to teach in a foreign school and how to do well at it. He also shared his views of how to best fit into the culture by learning their rules, stated and unstated, and language.

Slethaug, Gordon. "Teaching Abroad: International Education and the Cross-Cultural Classroom.". Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2007. 63-78. Web. 7 May. 2012.

Chapter 3: The Classroom Environment: Physical, Emotional and Intellectual Spaces, explores the impact of different cultures on the teaching of students. As well, it shows the impact of having a teacher from a different culture and their influence on creating more well rounded students.

Slethaug, Gordon. "Teaching Abroad: International Education and the Cross-Cultural Classroom.". Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2007. 79-103. Web. 7 May. 2012.

This chapter of the book, Chapter 4: The Teacher-Oriented Classroom, was very useful. It outlined the differences of having single and multi-teacher classrooms. Additionally, it shows how students reacted to the teaching styles and what they thought worked best.

Snow , Don. More Than a Native Speaker: An Introduction for Volunteers Teaching Abroad.. ALexandria: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc., 1996. 318. Print.

This book is a guide for people preparing to teach English in foreign countries. It outlines how to prepare lessons, and how to prepare yourself for the move to another country. It is a very useful book that provides a detailed inside look into this field.

Quezada, Reyes. "Beyond Educational Tourism: Lessons Learned While Student Teaching Abroad." International Education Journal. 5.4 (2004): 458-465. Web. 7 May. 2012. http://ehlt.flinders.edu.au/education/iej/articles/v5n4/quezada/paper.pdf.

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