ERIC Number: ED327505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Micro-Teaching with a Multicultural Focus.
Cassell, Jeanne; Blake, Frances E.
This paper presents an innovative approach to finding an appropriate setting for preservice teachers to practice teaching methods and skills. Microteaching to peers is most common in teacher preparation, but it has obvious flaws in gaining realistic responses to questions and genuine discussion of topics presented. Teaching to actual students is preferred but it needs to be in a situation that is free of discipline problems to provide freedom for experimentation and practice. In the program described, secondary preservice teachers prepare short lessons and teach them to small classes of international students who are studying English as a Second Language at the English Language Institute. These international students practice listening and note-taking skills, ask questions, and engage in discussion about the material presented. Thus, the future teachers have a real class for practice in which they can safely try out various teaching strategies without fear of discipline problems. Also, interesting benefits result from the cross-cultural nature of the exchange. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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