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ERIC Number: ED369282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Using Feedback and Reflection as Tools in Bridging the Theory-Practice Link in Language Teacher Training at the Primary Level.
Whitson, Gayle; Bodycott, Peter
A study investigated the effectiveness of improvements in a Singapore graduate training program for elementary school teachers of English as a Second Language. Program changes focused on providing appropriate, constructive feedback to trainees about their teaching practice and developing trainees' skills of critical reflection. The report describes the program, origins and nature of the changes made in it, details of teaching strategies used, and results of the new approach as reflected in observed practice and trainee comments. The course is structured on a basic unit of a one hour lecture session accompanied by two hours of practice or seminar discussion. The latter portion consists of either demonstration lessons by trainers or student demonstration lessons with video review and critique. The demonstration critique includes feedback on instructional procedures used, language objectives, and teacher-pupil interaction. Another element in the course is a project to develop, with a child, a writing assignment. Trainee evaluations of the course indicate that the techniques used were helpful, promoted confidence in the classroom, and further training in the techniques was desired. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore