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PRACTICUM EXPERIENCES OF STUDENT TEACHERS STUDYING AT ELT DEPARTMENT: AN EVALUATION FROM THE REAL ACTORS
Practicing teaching is one of the most important components of teacher education as student-teachers have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice in real classroom environment (Wilson, 2006). For that reason, teacher training programs (TTP) have an important role to prepare future teachers for their profession, and accordingly TTPs should provide student-teachers with field work tasks that give them chances of gaining insights about what teaching really is, what kind of pre-requisite skills are required, what kind of problems might arise in the classroom, what kind of solutions they can find out, etc. As they are the ones go through this process, student-teachers’ perceptions of practicum experience should also be an integrated part of determining the content of teacher training programs (Korthagen and Vasalos, 2005). The aim of this study is to shed light on the perceptions of student-teachers on teacher training program they practice, and examine elaborately what they face in practicum; in addition, what possible rearrangements they suggest for the current program. In the present study pre-service English teachers’ perceptions on teacher training program of ELT Department in Cukurova University is investigated through semi-structured interviews and a focus group discussion. The students have been asked questions about their experiences in their placement schools, benefits of practicum, the problems they face, general views about teacher training program tasks, positive attributes of the program, deficiencies of it, and possible suggestions about teacher training program. In addition, a focus group discussion has also been conducted to make students share and discuss their opinions freely with their peers and researcher about the program.

Keywords
Teacher Training, Student-Teacher Perceptions, Practicum


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