EXPLORING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN ONLINE PRACTICUM COURSE IN AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM: A CASE STUDY

2022-9-1
İlya, Ali
The global COVID-19 pandemic made it more apparent that English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher education programs have not been well-prepared for the online modality. Practicum, as a fundamental component of these programs, was not an exception. The emergency remote teaching period started as an unexpected and unwanted process; however, it also taught significant lessons to the whole world. With an awareness of point of no return marked by the COVID-19, the particular research study aims to explore the characteristics of an online practicum course based on an inquiry into the lived experiences of three primary groups of stakeholders i.e. student teachers of English (STs), school-based mentor teachers (SMTs), and university-based teacher educators (UTEs). Designed as a qualitative case study, the research was conducted with the participation of 14 STs, 10 SMTs, and 5 UTEs. The data was collected through reflective journals, focus group discussions, audio recordings, open-ended questionnaires, and semi-structured interviews. Upon content analysis of the data, Model ETCEtra was proposed and suggestions were made both for policy makers and for the relevant stakeholders. It was primarily concluded that practicum courses in the EFL teacher education program that was explored within this study need to be redesigned to address online components as well. A common framework, a professional community for mentors, regular monitoring and feedback mechanisms, and well-designed training programs or workshops are among the leading requirements of the suggested redesign. Given the newness of online practicum in Turkey, the same redesign can be considered for other EFL teacher education programs as well.

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Citation Formats
A. İlya, “EXPLORING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN ONLINE PRACTICUM COURSE IN AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM: A CASE STUDY,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.