Although the U.S. student population has become increasingly diverse, our teaching force does not reflect equal levels of diversity. Teacher education programs are charged with the task of preparing pre-service teachers to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students. This paper addresses one option for providing pre-service teachers with diversity experiences by offering a short term service-learning program abroad. Research has shown that pre-service teachers feel more prepared to meet the needs of English learners after their participation in international experiences with service-learning or study abroad. This paper presents practical guidance for teacher educators who wish to start a service-learning program for pre-service teachers.
"Bridging the Gap: Preparing Teachers to Meet the Needs of ELLs through Service-Learning,"
TAPESTRY: Vol. 5
, Article 3.
Available at: http://stars.library.ucf.edu/tapestry/vol5/iss2/3
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