ERIC Number: ED044700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
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Training the EFL Teacher--An Illustrated Commentary.
Rees, Alun L. W.
Lenguaje y Ciencias, v36 Jun 1970
Despite current interest in the field of teaching English as a foreign language, there is still cause for dissatisfaction with the training of EFL teachers, both in Britain and abroad. The author presents, in the form of a "duologue," some pertinent views from a variety of sources, and stresses the need for a more realistic approach to teacher-training. A training course is regarded here as inadequate if it does not embrace ample training and guidance in such "bread-and-butter" matters as class discipline, backboard presentation, conducting oral and group work, planning and correcting homework, arranging extramural activities, overseeing exercise books and various projects, making visual aids and using them, handling film-projectors, and advice on dealing with specific teaching items. Above all, the teacher must be shown how to plan his work so that he is able to conserve his vital energy. The trainee should not be developed as a future textbook writer; his valuable training time should not be consumed by the "barren practice of note-taking"; his training should be based on seminars or discussion groups rather than lectures. Even the tradition of the demonstration class should be re-examined. The discipline of linguistics should not be confused with the art of language teaching. Emphasis on linguistic theory can be justified only if it conduces to successful classroom practice. (AMM)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, English (Second Language), Language Instruction, Linguistic Theory, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, Depto. de Idiomas y Linguistica, Trujillo, Peru, ($6.00 subscription, 4 issues yearly)
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