ERIC Number: ED333743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
TESOL Practicum: Bridging the Gap between Student Needs and Program Objectives.
The practicum is widely accepted as an integral part of the master's degree program for teachers of English to speakers of other languages (MATESOL) throughout the United States. While research has provided some insight, there is no clear consensus as to what the practicum's objectives should be. Moreover, the student clientele of MATESOL programs is extremely heterogeneous with respect to such factors as nationality, career goals, previous professional preparation, and prior teaching experience. Given the absence of uniform program objectives and the wide range of student needs, abilities, and goals, MATESOL practicum objectives should be based as much on student needs as on program philosophy. The setting of practicum objectives should be seen as a dynamic, ongoing process in which goals may change from semester to semester and from student to student. (23 references) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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