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FSL and ESL Teachers’ Perspectives of Their Professions: A Comparative Overview of Two National Survey Projects (2014)
Authors: Leif French and Laura Collins
In 2006, in an effort to better understand teachers’ views about the L2 teaching profession, the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) and Heritage Canada jointly sponsored a national research survey of the working situation of FSL teachers in Canada. This research endeavor, led by Sharon Lapkin (OISE, University of Toronto), Alina MacFarlane (CASLT Research Officer), and Larry Vandergrift (University of Ottawa), resulted in the first ever report on the challenges faced by FSL teachers across Canada. CASLT and its board members subsequently recognized the importance of conducting a similar research survey with ESL teachers. Consequently, in 2011, CASLT commissioned a national research survey, headed by Leif French (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi) and Laura Collins (Concordia University), to examine the challenges faced by ESL teachers in different teaching contexts throughout Canada. The findings from the two surveys yielded valuable information on the perspectives of FSL and ESL teachers working in public and private (K‑12) schools across Canada.
The present report provides a comparative overview of the findings of both survey projects and recommendations for future directions. The report is divided into two main sections. The first section contains a brief overview of the two surveys, highlighting the key similarities and differences in the teachers’ profiles and their teaching contexts. The second section outlines recommendations for key stakeholders and proposes areas for future investigations of L2 teaching in Canada.
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