ERIC Number: EJ719147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 31
"You Just Can't Do It Like That-It's Just Wrong!" Impressions of French and English Trainee Primary Teachers on Exchange Placement in Primary Schools Abroad: The Value of Experiencing the Difference
Newman, Elizabeth; Taylor, Alison; Whitehead, Joan; Planel, Claire
European Journal of Teacher Education, v27 n3 p285-298 Oct 2004
This paper focuses on the European policy initiative to increase the number of teachers able to teach a modern foreign language in primary schools. It particularly focuses on the exchange placement which is an integral part of a training programme run by a university faculty of education in England and an Institut de Formation des Maitres in France. Through an analysis of interviews with trainees about their placement experiences a number of tensions emerged as trainees' own assumptions about approaches to teaching and learning were challenged. The paper points to the benefits of the placement in both helping trainee teachers reflect upon their own national education culture and language and also understand and appreciate the differences that underlie another educational culture and language.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Trainees, Student Attitudes, Cultural Differences, Teacher Exchange Programs, Elementary School Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France; United Kingdom (England)