Date: 25-Jan-2006 From: Michael Newman <mnewmanqc.edu> Subject: US K-12 TESOL Program Standards Debate
In the latest issue of TESOL Quarterly, I co-wrote a critique of the recent Standards created by TESOL (the international ESL professional association) in collaboration with NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education) for accreditation of K-12 ESL teacher education programs in the US. Suresh Canagarajah, the TQ editor, has established an area for discussion of this issue in the TQ Forum website. Since a substantial number of linguists are involved in ESL teacher education in one form or another, there may be substantial interest in this discussion. Therefore, I would like to point interested readers in the direction of our article and discussion.