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ERIC Number: EJ870090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
Designing and Implementing the TESOL Teaching Practicum Abroad: Focus on Interaction
Tomas, Zuzana; Farrelly, Rai; Haslam, Mara
TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, v42 n4 p660-664 Dec 2008
The practical teaching course, also known as the "practicum", is an essential component in graduate TESOL programs in the United States. The rationale behind this course is to allow preservice teachers the opportunity "to acquire the practical skills and knowledge needed to function as effective language teacher[s]". Traditionally, practicum program participants consist of a practicum supervisor, preservice teachers, mentor teachers, and language learners. The authors feel, however, that the traditional practicum course suffers in some ways because groups of participants do not interact sufficiently. One noteworthy absence of interaction is that between practicum supervisors and mentor teachers, even though this interaction is considered a critical element of the practice teaching experience. Another type of interaction often lacking in richness in the campus-based practicum is that between preservice teachers. One approach to increasing interaction between different practicum participants is to increase the authenticity of the practicum setting by, for example, offering the practicum outside the United States in an EFL context. This approach gives preservice teachers the opportunity to develop their teaching practices collaboratively while engaging with real language learners daily in authentic EFL classrooms. Additionally, preservice teachers are afforded a rich cross-cultural experience and the chance to share their language and culture with students who may never have visited the United States. In this brief article, the authors describe an innovative on-site practicum model developed at the University of Utah, implemented in the Czech Republic in summers of 2007 and 2008, and with plans to continue in the summer of 2009.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic; Utah