This book explicitly addresses ethical dilemmas and issues that post-secondary ESL faculty commonly encounter and examines them in the framework of social justice concerns. Ethics is defined broadly, to include responsibilities and obligations to students inside and outside the classroom, as well to colleagues, educational institutions, the TESL profession, and society as a whole.
Scenarios in each chapter provide realistic and compelling situations for reflection and discussion. The authors then set out the issues raised, relate them to the classroom environment, and offer opportunities to examine them in a variety of contexts and to consider possible solutions to the dilemmas. Issues include testing, plagiarism, technology, social and political issues affecting students and the classroom, gift-giving, curriculum decisions, disruptive students, institutional constraints, academic freedom, gender, class, and power.
Busy classroom instructors will find this book accessible, thought-provoking, and relevant to their daily work situations. It is not intended as a theoretical treatment of ethics and social justice in ESL, nor does it propose that ESL faculty teach morals or ethics to students. Rather, it is designed as a concise, practical introduction to ethical practice for both new and experienced ESL faculty in post-secondary teaching situations in the United States, for others interested in the ESL classroom, and as a text for TESL classes and seminars.
Ethical Issues for ESL Faculty: *maps new territory in the field--ethical issues in TESL, particularly as encountered by post-secondary classroom teachers, are not often discussed in ESL publications;
*makes the complex issues of ethics in the context of social justice accessible to TESL practitioners; and
*includes useful resources, such as additional scenarios for discussion, an extensive reference list, and selected ethics-related Web sites.
"I find this book to be a good resource for school administrators to penetrate the best possible answers in Q&A manuals, or perhaps, to furnish ideas for workshop topics….The pedagogical content of the book is excellent and practically applicable to ESL teachers, in particular novice teachers, as well as some K-12 and EFL teachers. I certainly find this little book handy for future endeavors, especially in the ESL environment where diversity and multicultural surroundings are norm. Where many ESL teachers may concentrate entirely on the language teaching, this book encourages them to be more alert and think of the possibility of the occurrence of these setbacks."
"…readers with classroom experience will attest to the authenticity of the cases, and both novice and experienced teachers would benefit from discussing them, as the authors suggest. Such a joint reflection would suggest practical strategies for handling such situations and help teachers become aware of and perhaps question the values that shape their behavior. Thus, the book would be a valuable contribution to faculty development and graduate programs in ESL."
Contents: Preface. Introduction. Part I: Inside the Classroom. Faculty Responsibilities. Classroom Management, Inappropriate Comments, and Complaints. Testing, Assessment, and Evaluation. Cheating and Plagiarism. Technology. Students' Social and Political Realities. Part II: Outside the Classroom. Advising and Personal Relationships. Student Safety. Gift Giving. Part III: The Broader Context. Curriculum Design and Implementation. Colleagues and the Institution. Faculty Research. Academic Freedom. Gender and Class. Conclusion. Appendices: Professional Guidelines, Codes of Ethics, and Useful Web Sites. Additional Scenarios.