STRATEGIES FOR CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT USED BY MACEDONIAN ESL TEACHERS

Neshkovska, Silvana (2016) STRATEGIES FOR CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT USED BY MACEDONIAN ESL TEACHERS. ELTAM Journal. pp. 66-76. ISSN 1857-9965

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Abstract In most studies on teaching and learning English as a second language (ESL), the accent is normally placed on the students, i.e. on the students’ needs and the ways in which they efficiently acquire the language; the obstacles they meet in the language acquisition process and the strategies they apply to overcome them. In contrast, this paper shifts the focus on teachers, more precisely on non-native ESL teachers who, in essence, are also language learners themselves. In particular, this paper touches on Macedonian ESL teachers and their awareness of the need for constant professional development, irrespective of whether they teach English at primary, secondary or tertiary level of education. Namely, the tailor-made questionnaire for this particular research investigates the opportunities for professional development that Macedonian ESL teachers have at their disposal, as well as the extent to which they take advantage of them; it also elicits the strategies which teachers apply not just to maintain but also to upgrade their knowledge of the language (vocabulary, grammar and fluency). Finally, it attempts to shed light on the resources and opportunities which Macedonian ESL teachers believe could considerably enhance their linguistic competence and professional performance but to which, unfortunately, they currently lack access.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Educational sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Prof. d-r Silvana Neskovska
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 10:32
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 10:32
URI: http://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/5684

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