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ESL Pre-service Teachers: What Do They Need?


Fan, S and Le, T, ESL Pre-service Teachers: What Do They Need?, AARE 2009 Conference Proceedings, 29 November -3 December, Canberra EJ (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]


Due to the increasing numbers in the English as a Second Language (ESL) students entering education institutions in their goal to be professional teachers, universities and teacher education programs are under pressure to accommodate and provide assistance to these students in relation to their significant cultural and language differences (Cruickshank, Newell, & Cole, 2003). These ESL pre-service teachers bring into Australian classrooms a multi-cultural perspective and a bilingual learning experience; however, some of them confront challenges and obstacles due to their language and cultural backgrounds. This study explores the question of what are the ESL pre-service teachers¡¯ perceptions of teaching and learning in a teacher education program, and what support strategies can be adopted to better assist them. These ESL pre-service teachers were encouraged to participate in focus group meetings and semi-structured interviews, surveys were also given to them in relation to their practicum experiences. The findings of this study have important implications for both the current and future ESL pre-service teachers, as well as the Australian teacher education programs. The findings suggest more supportive, inclusive strategies to better support ESL pre-service teachers in their learning to become globally acceptable teachers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Comparative and cross-cultural education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fan, S (Dr Frances Fan)
UTAS Author:Le, T (Dr Thao Le)
ID Code:60723
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-02-16
Last Modified:2014-11-26

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