Teachers, preachers, or...: goals of church-based volunteer ESL instructors

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dc.contributor Worden, Dorothy
dc.contributor Mantero, Miguel
dc.contributor.advisor Liu, Dilin
dc.contributor.author Sanchez, Lindsey Erin
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-28T14:12:21Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-28T14:12:21Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002633
dc.identifier.other Sanchez_alatus_0004M_13099
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/3230
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract For many years, Christian churches have been used as sites for education, including language education. Within churches, ESL classes are often staffed by volunteers who provide tutoring for adults. Recently, the ultimate end of Christian ELT in general has been a subject of debate among academics and professionals. On one side, researchers are concerned that certain Christian educators are more devoted to the prospect of converting students to Christianity and Western values than teaching English. Conversely, researchers who support the work of Christian educators argue that moral devotion to one’s faith augments rather than hinders teaching, and that the hallmark of a Christian teacher is love for students. This study does not evaluate the appropriateness of incorporation of faith or the ethics of Christian educators. Rather, this research attempts to determine whether the speculated goals of Christian ELT in this debate are corroborated by church-based ESL instructors. The study consists of a survey of 14 educators or former educators at Baptist, Presbyterian and Catholic churches in central Alabama, along with three supplementary interviews. Participants were asked to rank a list of goals according to importance and accomplishment in the classroom and explain their motives for teaching. Overall, it was determined that teaching-based goals are significantly more important than faith-based goals for this group of educators, allowing for limitations regarding self-reporting and disclosure. Further inspection suggests that Baptist educators may incorporate more faith-based goals into their teaching than Catholic, Presbyterian or non-denominational educators. It was also found that teachers identify themselves as teachers only or occasionally friends to their students, and building relationships with students is important to this community of practice.
dc.format.extent 66 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other English as a second language
dc.subject.other Adult education
dc.subject.other Religion
dc.title Teachers, preachers, or...: goals of church-based volunteer ESL instructors
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of English
etdms.degree.discipline English as a Second Language
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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