Teacher preparation, English learners, Questioning strategies, Interactive classroom simulation, Interactive avatars, ESOL Education
This study examines a classroom simulation workshop designed for teacher candidates (TCs) to practice questioning strategies with English learners (ELs) at various English proficiency levels, through the lens of sociocultural theory. Data was collected from an assignment in an ESOL methods course consisting of questions that TCs prepared before the simulation, revised after the simulation, and responses to an open-ended questionnaire. Findings show that TCs made their questions comprehensible for beginner level ELs, however, overextended their question modification to both the intermediate and advanced levels. Implications highlight the importance of practicing questioning strategies that are appropriate for all proficiency levels.
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Davies, Alex P. Ph.D.; Grissom, Donita Ph.D.; and Regalla, Michele Ph.D.
"A Study on Teacher Candidates’ Questioning Strategies for English Learners through an Interactive Classroom Simulation,"
Northwest Journal of Teacher Education: Vol. 15
, Article 6.