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This qualitative study examines interviews of four ESL teachers of adults to determine what kinds of out-of-class relationships they have with their students and what benefits and risks of harm they consider in evaluating the appropriateness of such relationships. It finds that the relationships, which do not fall within a single category, develop naturally as a result of students' needs. The study discusses the benefits of such relationships and how the circumstances of ESL/ABE classes, such as the short time that students stay in any particular class and the teachers' lack of power over students, reduce the potential risks of these relationships.
Jacobson, Erica, ""We're good friends": out-of-class relationships between teachers of ESL and their adult students" (2011). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 446.