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Mermelstein, Aaron David – ORTESOL Journal, 2015
For many ESL/EFL learners, reading is their main learning goal and may be the most important of the four language skills in the second language. For many ESL/EFL teachers, the issue of promoting proficient reading is important, and they look for additional or alternative methods to achieve this goal. However, when discussing reading as a primary…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Reading Skills, Student Placement
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Young-Davy, Belinda – ORTESOL Journal, 2014
One of the questions facing language instructors is how direct vocabulary instruction should be. Much recent research into vocabulary acquisition and studies of learning strategies strongly indicates that the explicit vocabulary learning vs. implicit vocabulary learning issue is not a dichotomy, but rather a continuum (Hunt and Belgar, 2005; Lee…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development
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Kelch, Kenneth; Malupa-Kim, Miralynn – ORTESOL Journal, 2014
Case studies are often traditionally thought of as being used in medical, legal, and business training. Physicians have long been trained by the case method, as medical school students are presented with the particulars of a patient's medical problem and are tasked with providing a diagnosis and course of treatment. In the legal field, Stanford…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Language Teachers, Faculty Development, Critical Thinking
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Sayavedra, Melinda – ORTESOL Journal, 2014
Accredited universities normally include a standard that addresses faculty evaluation. It may contain references to performance criteria and procedures and usually emphasizes the need for faculty evaluations to be systematic, regular, fair, objective and relevant to achieving the goals of the institution. Accredited language programs usually have…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Ciechanowski, Kathryn – ORTESOL Journal, 2013
The author collaborated with teachers and a English Language Learners (ELL) specialist at an elementary school that had a high percentage of ELLs, primarily from Spanish-speaking heritage, where teachers were in the early stages of exploring uses of English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards for English Language Development (ELD) (Oregon…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Spanish Speaking, Language Proficiency, Academic Standards