Case studies can be a useful tool for you as an ESL teacher as you develop your classroom instruction, whether you're new to teaching or a seasoned professional.
Case studies can focus on an issue with a specific student or an entire classroom. These studies can:
Cases don't necessarily have to include ESL students or classrooms to be of use. A student facing reading difficulties will still bring these issues to an ESL class.
If you teach adult ESL students, you will likely find more value from a study of an adult GED program than from one featuring an elementary ESL classroom. On the other hand, mainstream classroom teachers with a few ESL students can also find benefit from reading case studies about self-contained ESL classrooms.
Some teachers will be asked to create a case study as part of their continuing education and professional development. However, even if it isn't an official assignment, creating one can be a good way to delve deeper into your instructional methods and arrive at a better understanding of your students. Using Cases in Teaching from Penn State can help you think about the elements and composition of a good case.