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Authors: Siebenhütter, Stefanie
Title: How important is teacher training? : Untrained community tutors and professional teachers motivation and success in online second language teaching (SLT) and implications for future online SLT
Online publication date: 10-Aug-2023
Year of first publication: 2023
Language: english
Abstract: This study analyzes Chinese, Spanish, English, Thai, Japanese, Korean, French, and German speakers’ motivation to teach their first language as a foreign language (FL) online without being trained as a second language teacher (SLT) and compares them with professionally trained SLTs. The threshold for starting SLT without teacher certification in FLT has significantly decreased simultaneously with the increasing number of online platforms allowing untrained L1-speakers to teach it without the need for prior formal certification. Long-term implementation and SLT success in online teaching depends on motivation, contextual and personal variables, determining if professional teachers (PT) or untrained community tutors (CT) continue or stop their online SLT activities. To evaluate possible differences between PT and CT motivation and success quantitative data were collected (using a 22-item survey) from a sample of participants (N=135) teaching their first language (L1=Chinese, Spanish, English, Thai, Japanese, Korean, French, and German) as a FL online. Findings are discussed concerning CT and PT success, professional development and in-service training. Findings suggest, that despite initial difficulties untrained SLTs may face differ from early-career PT, they can succeed in online SLT being able to make a living from it and under circumstances become a competition for traditionally trained SLTs. This opens opportunities for individuals to participate in a field of labour they would have not had a chance otherwise.
DDC: 150 Psychologie
150 Psychology
370 Erziehung
370 Education
400 Sprache
400 Language
420 Englisch
420 English
430 Deutsch
430 Germanic
440 Französisch
440 Romance languages
460 Spanisch
460 Spanish
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 05 Philosophie und Philologie
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Document type specification: Scientific article
License: CC BY
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Journal: Cogent education
Pages or article number: 2244836
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Online
Issue date: 2023
ISSN: 2331-186X
Publisher DOI: 10.1080/2331186X.2023.2244836
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