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The preparation of qualified teachers with knowledge and skills in the areas of English as a Second Language (ESL) and technology is an important issue in urban educational reform. This paper addresses components that one teacher preparation program is implementing in training multicultural, urban public school teachers in this critical shortage area. The Technology and TESOL degree works with existing courses in both disciplines which offer appropriate material for a unique combination degree to meet the specific needs of teachers who desire to use technology effectively in teaching ESL. All courses share the common theme of students' achievement with language acquisition through the integration of technologies into the teaching and learning process. The project engages students in inquiry and conversations about language acquisition and technology integration. Participants receive such services as systematic and ongoing advisement; literacy and test taking skills training; opportunities to participate in electronic bulletin board, bilingual chat room, and list serve discussions; access to multicultural lesson plans; and interactive multicultural Web based portal learning space. They also attend interdisciplinary conferences and workshops. Participants are exposed to a variety of ways to use technology in teaching second language learners. (Contains 9 references.) (SM)

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Author:Rodriguez, Diane; Pelaez, Gloria
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Nov 23, 2002
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