Title: CALL Project-based Program to Enhance Student-Teachers’ TEFL Skills
Stream: Professional development
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Marine Milad, Arab Open University, Kuwait
Students-teachers are students who study to become Teaching English as a Foreign language (TEFL) teachers. They receive teaching trainings, observe certified teachers’ teachings performance, and do some supervised teaching practices in EFL classrooms for elementary and secondary stage. The current study aims at presenting a supplementary program to support a practical course on methods of teaching English as a foreign language for elementary stage. The supplementary program has been developed by the researcher to enhance Arab Open University (AOU) student-teachers’ skills of teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, and vocabulary for elementary stage pupils through a language project that would focus on instilling social values in these young learners. This was mainly done with samples of practical examples, interactive discussions and tasks of practical nature posted on Learning Management System (LMS) following Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) methodology in accordance with the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) of the course. The study has adopted the Constructoactive Model developed by Sahakian and Ghoneim (2007) to promote students’ knowledge of different methods of teaching English as a foreign language and familiarizing young learners with good social values and their related vocabulary items. The supplementary program adopts Stoller's (1997) model for developing project work. The model has been proved to be helpful in promoting the student-teachers’ practices of teaching different language skills and assessing their performance in writing lesson plans and giving demo class presentations for these lesson plans using PowerPoint/Prezi presentations, open source video/audio links and some software programs (such as Kahoot, Quizlet, and Grammarly).
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