Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3 (7), pp. 310-317, September 2013
Manuscript Number: 031813530
Pre-Service Student Teacher Practices in the Teaching of English as a Second Language: Experiences, Opportunities and Challenges
Lecturer Great Zimbabwe University,Zimbabwe.
Email: cngwaru @ yahoo.com,
Phone:+263 39 264121, Mobile: +263 777613547
Teaching Practice (TP) was an
integral component of teacher preparation that served as an
important link between theory and practice and that entailed
the inculcation of professional practice and conduct.
However, research studies about teaching practice
highlighted that pre-service teachers on TP faced a wide
range of challenges that militated against effective
pedagogy. The use of a foreign language as the language of
Education usually one of the major challenges encountered by
both teachers and learners. Student teachers who are users
of English as a Second Language (ESL) and who are tasked
with the responsibility of teaching English to second
language learners therefore faced a double barrelled
challenge of the low proficiency level and the limited
proficiency of the learners. This study used the qualitative
research design, utilizing document analysis and focus group
discussions to investigate the practices of; and challenges
encountered by B. Ed. pre-service teachers in teaching ESL
during Teaching Practice. The study intended to establish
the extent to which pre-service teachers employed their
pedagogic, content knowledge and competences to effectively
manage classroom pedagogy. The study argued that, during
college based tuition; student teachers received,
internalised and mastered some measure of teacher knowledge
and competences which should enable them to teach
effectively. The study further purported that; reflections
and articulations from pre-service teachers’ experiences and
critiques from their supervisors, provided enough feedback
to reveal student-teacher strengths or weaknesses and to
provide solutions for programme improvement. The results of
the study led to the conclusion that there were several
challenges faced in teaching English during TP and that some
of the challenges could be mitigated by the adoption of
Keywords: Pre-service teacher, Teacher preparation, Supervisors, Pedagogy.
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