A Study of Taiwanese Teachers’ Perceptions of ELTAs


Since March 29th, 2021, the Ministry of Education (MOE) launched the “U.S.-Taiwan Education Initiative: Center for Bilingual Instruction” in Kaohsiung so as to thoroughly implement the Bilingual 2030 Policy in primary and secondary education. Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages (Wenzao) plays an important role in this long-term program. By recruiting foreign students, both native (NS) and non-native speakers (NNS) of English and developing their pedagogical content knowledge, these foreign students will turn into English language teaching assistants (ELTAs hereafter) and be allocated in different schools in Kaohsiung to assist local Taiwanese teachers in teaching English and/or other subjects by using English. The current research study investigates how the Taiwanese teachers perceive the effectiveness of teaching and learning English and/or other content knowledge with ELTAs in elementary/secondary schools. IRB-HS will be taken into account. With informed consent, the teacher interviewees will be aware of the topic of research, the purpose of the study and the use of the research results. All their identities will be untraceable to protect their privacy and rights. It is hoped that the research findings will present how Taiwanese teachers benefit from teaching English and/or other content knowledge with ELTAS and how the ELTAs make good use of their teaching knowledge and skills to help the local teachers and students, which are likely to shed light on the further improvements that Wenzao can make, such as the recruitment and selection of foreign students, the ELTAs training workshops the correspondence between Wenzao and those participating local schools, and the cooperation of ELTAs and local teachers, so on. Pedagogical and administrative suggestions will be made accordingly.

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Chen Szu An, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan

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Conference: ACE2022
Stream: Educational policy

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An C. (2023) A Study of Taiwanese Teachers’ Perceptions of ELTAs ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2023.24
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2023.24

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