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ERIC Number: ED567128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Listening to the Voices of Pre-Service Student Teachers from Teaching Practice: The Challenges of Implementing the English as a Second Language Curriculum
Ngwaru, Cathrine
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (11th, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, May 14-17, 2013)
Pre-service teachers in Zimbabwe face a number of challenges on their Teaching Practice (TP) usually because a second language (English) is the language of education. Challenges and experiences articulated by pre-service student teachers on TP therefore provide a strategic window into the practices of novice teachers. This study uses a concurrent mixed approach to examine the challenges faced by B.Ed. pre-service (Primary) student teachers in implementing the English as a second language (ESL) curriculum. Questionnaire, interviews, document analysis and focus group discussions were utilised. The study is based on Shulman's (1987) teacher knowledge framework to identify the worthwhile knowledges for teachers and Cummins's (2000) views on academic proficiency to establish what the ESL curriculum should entail for teachers to effectively manage classroom pedagogy. The teacher knowledge framework postulates that teacher professional competence can be viewed from seven interrelated knowledge strands. This study uses three most pertinent namely -- content, pedagogical and curriculum knowledge. Results of the study showed that student teachers face a lot of challenges in teaching ESL and that those challenges can be mediated by the adoption of critical developmental pedagogies that recognize teachers and learners' linguistic competencies as in need of support. [For complete volume, see ED567118.]
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society. Blvd Shipchenski prohod 69 A, 1574 Sofia, Bulgaria. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe