Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Person, A. William

Committee Member

Emplaincourt, Edwin

Committee Member

Minchew, Stevens Sue

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Secondary Education

Degree Name

Educational Specialist


College of Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


The traditional style of teaching (teachers solely in charge of the classroom) seems to be a thing of the past, due in part, to the increasing diversity of students in the classroom. How can teachers abandon their traditional roles and adapt to the trends of teaching to promote more meaningful learning for students? To respond to the above question, the researcher investigated the degree of readiness of selected foreign language teachers teaching in culturally diverse classrooms at the secondary level in central Mississippi. All participants were purposefully selected. Methods and procedures employed were limited to observations of teachers, teacher-student interaction in the classroom, face-toace interviews, telephone interviews, transcribed audio taped interviews of the participants and classroom artifacts. Results indicated that all of the teachers interviewed were sensitive to the needs of their students; had traveled to the country where their foreign language was the official language; and indicated that they frequently used a variety of instructional methods including cooperative learning, peer tutoring, integrated technology, and direct instruction. Therefore, it was concluded that teachers such as the ones involved in this study could serve as excellent role models and mentors for novice teachers in secondary schools.