Understanding And Facing Discipline Related Challenges Of The English As A Foreign Language Classroom At Public Schools

Understanding And Facing Discipline Related Challenges Of The English As A Foreign Language Classroom At Public Schools

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1. The third research study that I analyzed was Understanding and Facing Discipline-Related Challenges in the English as a Foreign Language Classroom at Public Schools by Josefina Quintero Corzo and Odilia Ramirez Contreras. The article was published in Profile: Teachers’ Professional Development in October 2011. I found the study through a search on ERIC (Educational Reform Information Center) by using the search term ‘Classroom discipline.’ The reason that I chose this study is because it not only focuses on discipline-related challenges in public school classrooms, but also how those relate to English as foreign language ones. This is highly relatable to me as a student in the graduate program for TESOL.


2. Teachers at all levels, novice and experienced, have feelings of insecurity of some degree concerning classroom management. What begins as a lack of motivation, shown by students as “chatting, playing, walking around, sleeping, throwing paper balls, or littering”, frequently ends up as a discipline problem. (Kyriacou, 2000, as cited in Corzo and Contreras, 2011, Pg. 61) Class procedures and patterns of interactions can be implemented to raise and maintain students’ motivation, interest, and desire to learn. (McDaniel, 1986, as cited in Corzo and Contreras, 2011, Pg. 62) Either “trivial incidents…or serious incidents…require immediate actions to keep control of the classroom and the calm atmosphere that the teaching-learning demands.” (Kyriacou, 2000, as cited in Corzo and Contreras, 2011, Pg. 61) The teacher can address the incidents in a variety of ways using different strategies. It is also important for the teacher to consider the differences among learners with their age, sex, aptitudes, and socioeconomic and cul...


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9. The ethical issues addressed included how to address classroom management issues between the teacher and administrators with varying views of importance. Administrators may see classrooms as “somehow a separate setting” and focus on “social behavior, expecting children to be nice and respectful to others, to protect school property and to wear their uniform properly.” (Corzo and Contreras, 2011, Pg. 67) What may be seen as important to a teacher may not be the same to an administrator.

10. If I could ask the researchers a question about their study, I would ask them if they think that learning another language besides English would have the same classroom discipline issues present. Another question I would ask the researchers is if they think that scarcity of resources plays a role in student motivation and therefore relating to classroom discipline.

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