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ID 18462
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creator
Meerman, Arthur D.
subject
JET Program
team-teaching
school environment
cross-cultural understanding
NDC
Education
abstract
The present study compared the perspectives of 13 Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and 14 Japanese Language Teachers (JLTs) working together through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program regarding the actual and potential impact of foreign instructors working in different school contexts. Particular focus was on analyzing responses to semi-structured interview protocols to determine views on ALT impact on school atmospheres, student learning and motivation as well as JLTs' pedagogical approaches, proficiency in English and extent to which they believe team-teaching to affect the difficulty level of their jobs. Participant narratives yielded three main themes, or findings. First, ALTs and JLTs differ in assessing the effects of team-teaching on solo-taught, or 'regular' English lessons. Second, ALTs are more likely than JLTs to sense improvement in team-teaching over time, while both groups perceive that the longer an ALT spends at a school, and the bigger the school, the less the impact of the ALT on school atmosphere. Third, and unexpectedly, ALTs and JLTs express different views as to whether or not team-teaching renders JLTs' jobs more difficult, with JLTs being much more positive on this point.
journal title
Bulletin of the Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University. Part. Ⅲ, Education and Human Science
issue
Issue 52
start page
123
end page
132
date of issued
2004-03-28
publisher
広島大学大学院教育学研究科
国立情報学研究所
issn
1346-5562
ncid
SelfDOI
language
eng
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
publisher
department
Graduate School of Education
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