Karen W. Verkler (PhD, University of Florida) is Assistant Professor of Foreign Language Education at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.
Teacher Educators as Students: A University Shares its Faculty ESOL Professional Development Model
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2003 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 208–222, May 2003
How to Cite
Verkler, K. W. (2003), Teacher Educators as Students: A University Shares its Faculty ESOL Professional Development Model. Foreign Language Annals, 36: 208–222. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2003.tb01471.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
Abstract: In 1990, the Florida Department of Education was sued by several minority organizations for neglecting the needs of students of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). Subsequently, legislation mandated that teachers of ESOL students must complete extensive training. Thus, beginning in 1991, school districts were required to provide staff development to most of their teachers. In 1996, this responsibility was transferred to Florida colleges of education. Unfortunately, most teacher educators lacked expertise in ESOL strategies. To address this issue, the colleges of education created various professional development models, one of which was implemented at a large, metropolitan university in Central Florida. The model, eclectic in nature, provided the flexibility in delivery that the faculty required and serves as a model for faculty professional development at all levels of instruction.