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Is there a shortage of ESL teachers in your state?

  • 1.  Is there a shortage of ESL teachers in your state?

    Posted 01-06-2018 09:35
    Hi all,

    I am looking for more information on ESL teachers' shortage in other state of the US.

    What is your sense of the situation in your state?
    Is the Higher Education Institution at pace to train ESL/Dual Language teachers?
    Are there enough teachers to support all the students effectively?

    Thanks!

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    [Flavia] [Molea Baker]
    [RITELL, TESOL Affiliate]
    [EL Program Coordinator, RIDE]
    [RI, USA]
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  • 2.  RE: Is there a shortage of ESL teachers in your state?

    Posted 02-06-2018 08:37
    In Oklahoma, we have several universities offering ESL certification courses.  I don't think the problem lies in finding ESL teachers to specifically teach ESL.  In my state, the problem lies in what to do with English Language Learners in K-12 schools the rest of the day i.e. content based ESL classes that teach Math,Science, Social Studies, etc. to low and intermediate ELL.  The idea of teaching in L1 doesn't work because the "Big Test" is in English.  The ESL teachers need to be prepared to guide content teachers to work with ELL in content classes and that doesn't seem to be happening.

    There has been loads of research about how this can be accomplished (particularly the work of Pauline Gibbons) but the teacher prep classes never get into ESL in content classes across all levels (as in WIDA).



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    Lynore Carnuccio
    Instructional Coach/ESL Teacher
    Oklahoma
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  • 3.  RE: Is there a shortage of ESL teachers in your state?

    Posted 07-06-2018 15:50
    Thank you for the feedback, then I guess the question needs to be pondered over increasing and updating the preparation of teachers who are already in service. Maybe with a system of continuous learning and quality training.

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    [Flavia] [Molea Baker]
    [RITELL, TESOL Affiliate]
    [EL Program Coordinator, RIDE]
    [RI, USA]
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  • 4.  RE: Is there a shortage of ESL teachers in your state?

    Posted 02-06-2018 09:54
    Hello Flavia:

    The U.S. Department of Education has issued a report on the subject areas (including ESOL) in which there are teacher shortages.  This report lists the shortages by state.  The most recent report lists historical data as well as projected shortages for 2017-2018.  The report can be accessed here:  https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/bteachershortageareasreport201718.pdf

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    Nikki Ashcraft
    Assistant Teaching Professor
    University of Missouri
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  • 5.  RE: Is there a shortage of ESL teachers in your state?

    Posted 07-06-2018 15:54
    Hi Nikki,

    Thank you for the resource, I was not aware that such report was published.


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    [Flavia] [Molea Baker]
    [RITELL, TESOL Affiliate]
    [EL Program Coordinator, RIDE]
    [RI, USA]
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  • 6.  RE: Is there a shortage of ESL teachers in your state?

    Posted 05-06-2018 12:53
    Hi Flavia,

    In my state (Missouri) an undergraduate ESOL course is now required for all pre-service teacher candidates to prepare them to teach ELLs in their content areas. We use Pauline Gibbons texts (2015 and 2009) and parse the courses by the grade level the K-12 pre-service teachers will work in. Across the field of TESOL, there appears to currently be a shift away from "pull out" ESL classes only, but rather a focus on preparing all content teachers to teach the language of their content to ELLs and non-ELLs alike.

    There does appear to be a consistent shortage in certified ELL educators in K-12 settings. So it appears that some states, such as Missouri, are moving to better prepare all teachers to teach 'the language of schooling' (Schleppegrell, 2004) to pre-service teachers.

    Best wishes,
    Rachel

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    Rachel Pinnow, PhD
    Associate Professor
    University of Missouri, USA
    TESOL Program
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  • 7.  RE: Is there a shortage of ESL teachers in your state?

    Posted 07-06-2018 15:53

    Thank you for your feedback. I am interested in learning more about how your state is implementing the ESL teaching offering in the pre service teacher preparation. Is this done as a course per se, or in combination with other courses and/or modules? Where could I find more details on this topic?

    Thank  you!



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    [Flavia] [Molea Baker]
    [RITELL, TESOL Affiliate]
    [EL Program Coordinator, RIDE]
    [RI, USA]
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