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Standards for the teaching of ESL students, by non TESOL specialists, have been developed.
9 key standards were taken from these standards.




Professional teacher standards regarding language and culture in teachers' work

Dispositions toward language and culture

Accomplished teachers

    1.   Espouse and practise the values of multi-culturalism, reconciliation and anti-racism
    2.   Appreciate the pivotal role of language and culture in students' formal learning and socialisation
    3.   Take account of students' experiences of cultural and geographical dislocation and their developmental needs regarding language and culture

Understandings about language and culture

Accomplished teachers

    4.   Are familiar with and can critique institutional policies and practices relating to students of diverse heritages
    5.   Know the language and culture features integral to the learning areas they teach and how to support students to recognise and critique them
    6.   Understand how the learning environment is influenced by cultural assumptions and use of language

Skills in language and culture

Accomplished teachers

    7.   Find out about and professionally respond to students' experiences of language and culture, both at home and in the wider community
    8.   Appropriately select, sequence, scaffold and assess language and culture content in the learning areas
    9.   Effectively use resources in the institution, the community, the family and among students to design activities for teaching language and culture

Download Language and Culture Standards document -
Download Language and Culture Standards table -

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