In a recent search in the ERIC Database, I found roughly 1,500 papers related to the issue of a teacher’s national origin. Despite this huge amount of information, numerous essays, opinion papers, and so on, it seems that there is not any way to agree about who is the better teacher. When preparing this column, I had the opportunity to speak to a TESL-EJ fan, Nick Kearney, who is the Director at the Center of Languages at Florida University College in Valencia, Spain.
In Making Multicultural Education Work, Stephen May offers a critical examination of the gap between what multicultural education has promised and what it has delivered. He discusses why that gap exists and looks closely at one school’s efforts to bridge that distance. Educators and educational administrators are the intended audience for this book, particularly those who teach and administer in multicultural settings.
Not long after I graduated with my MA, I asked a head teacher if he would be interested in helping me set up an applied linguistics discussion group. The idea was to air theories about language acquisition and to see what methods could be integrated into our teaching activities. He gave me a haunted look and said “I don’t know why you would come to me with a suggestion like that.”
A researcher-practitioner partnership in San Francisco shows promising results for middle school science students.