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Professional Support Networks in TESOL: Sociolinguistic Approaches to Professional Development in ESOL Teacher Education

Professional Support Networks in TESOL: Sociolinguistic Approaches to Professional Development in ESOL Teacher Education
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Author(s): Bahar Otcu-Grillman (Mercy College, USA) and JungKang Miller (Mercy College, USA)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 17
Source title: Interdisciplinary Approaches Toward Enhancing Teacher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): M. Dolores Ramírez-Verdugo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain) and Bahar Otcu-Grillman (Mercy College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4697-0.ch003

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Abstract

This chapter investigates professional development for ESOL teachers and shows the importance of building systems of support for teachers through professional support networks and sociolinguistic perspectives. It aims to raise awareness about existing professional networks for the education of bilingual educators and ESOL teachers in NY. It introduces some initiatives at a NY college that address such challenges and make NYS's various professional networks accessible to candidates. The chapter suggests that it is important for college educators and teacher trainers to get the teacher-in-training more involved in working with professionals. Growing the professional network in multimodal ways would help create a sense of community and belonging in the profession of teaching ESOL students.

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