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Since Teaching English as a Second Language is a profession involved with the humanity of all nations and cultures, as ESL teachers, we can play an integral part in the inevitable process of the world growing smaller and nations growing more and more interdependent.

This paper looks at ESL teachers in this context. The first part examines the role of ESL teacher and the potential effect those in that role can have in the world. Part two consists of a series of questions that grew out of real teaching situations, and that might provide a springboard for examining our values as they relate to our profession. Finally, the third part is a case study of SIT's decision to involve itself with the Iranian Navy. The purpose of this last part is to illustrate the complexity of elements involved in any choice of this nature.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Administration and Supervision | Teacher Education and Professional Development