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ERIC Number: ED432538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 10
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Students' Reactions to the New Curriculum for English Instruction.
Rajuan, Maureen
This paper examines the reactions of student teachers to Israel's New Curriculum in English as proposed by the Ministry of Education. The New Curriculum is based on a change in basic assumptions about the nature of foreign language teaching and English instruction in Israeli schools. Students were asked to write their initial reactions and their present reactions after dealing with the New Curriculum in pedagogy class for a semester. Many students initially reacted with shock and anxiety, considering it very different from how they were taught. They saw the organization of the curriculum into new domains as theoretical and not relevant to the classroom. They felt this new way of viewing English would be hard to adjust to. A few saw the New Curriculum as progressive. Activities designed to teach the New Curriculum were based on domains suggested by the Ministry of Education, including access to information, social interaction, presentation of group activities, and appreciation of literature. Most students' feelings about the New Curriculum changed after participating in the class. They felt it opened their minds to new ideas and opinions and was a change for the better. They could now see the associations, connections, and bridges between different domains. They saw application of the New Curriculum as having advantages for teachers and students. A few still viewed the change as difficult, problematic, and unclear. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel