Preservice Elementary School English Teachers' Involvement in Remedial English Education as Their Field Experience: Challenges and Implications

  • Chin-Wen Chien National Hsinchu University of Education, Taiwan
Keywords: collaboration, field experience, language teacher education, pre-service teachers, remedial education

Abstract

This study analyzed 24 pre-service elementary school English teachers design and delivery of remedial education to the fifth and sixth graders in the collaboration between the university pre-service teacher education program and the local elementary school in a city in northwest Taiwan. The pre-service teachers were encouraged by the elementary school fifth and sixth graders improvement in English and their positive attitude toward learning English. However, these pre-service teachers lacked insufficient competence and skills in classroom management, teaching small groups, carrying out class activities, and using the target language. Scheduling of the remedial education as pre-service teachers field experience should be taken into consideration for collaboration between elementary school English teachers and language teacher education programs. A model on the effective collaboration between elementary school English teachers and the language teacher education program is recommended.

Author Biography

Chin-Wen Chien, National Hsinchu University of Education, Taiwan

Chin-Wen Chien received her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Washington (Seattle, USA). She is an assistant professor in Department of English Instruction of National Hsinchu University of Education in Taiwan. Her research interests include language education, language teacher education, and curriculum and instruction.

Published
2015-09-28
How to Cite
Chien, C.-W. (2015). Preservice Elementary School English Teachers’ Involvement in Remedial English Education as Their Field Experience: Challenges and Implications. Current Issues in Education, 18(3). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/1327
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