Orientation for ELF Teachers: Lessons Learned

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Travis Cote; Brett Milliner; Paul McBride; Mitsuko Imai; Ethel Ogane

It is the teachers, their personal beliefs and principles, who largely determine the success of a language program. The teacher orientation process can play a crucial role in influencing their attitudes towards the program as well as increasing teacher performance. The orientation meeting is the first point of induction serving to clarify goals, anticipate problems and identify both resources and support networks. This action research study focuses on the process of familiarizing teachers in a new English as a Lingua Franca Program. The writers discuss how their orientation meeting was conducted and how it might be improved. Data from a postorientation survey, logs of teacher access to a learning management system, email correspondence with teachers, and an end- of-semester questionnaire are shared.