Perceptions of and preferences for English language teaching among pre-service teachers of EFL

Kang, Hoo-Dong and Son, Jeong-Bae and Lee, Seong-Won (2006) Perceptions of and preferences for English language teaching among pre-service teachers of EFL. English Language Teaching, 18 (4). pp. 25-49. ISSN 1226-6566


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Pre-service teachers' beliefs and perceptions of teaching can influence their future teaching in schools. In this respect, it is important for teacher trainers to understand how pre-service teachers think about themselves as teachers and guide them to have more positive views on teaching. At present, however, little is known about perceptions of Korean pre-service teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL). This article reports the results of a study, looking at the similarities and differences between elementary and secondary pre-service English teachers' perceptions of teaching in Korea. A total of 137 pre-service teachers from a teachers' college and a college of education responded to a questionnaire about their motivations for becoming a teacher and their perceptions of teaching. The findings of the study suggest that, while the two groups had similar motivations for becoming a teacher and goals of EFL teaching, the two groups showed statistically significant differences in the following areas: their roles in choosing teaching materials, the consideration of students' individual differences, the importance of teachers' speaking and comprehension skills in English, the teaching of culture of English-speaking countries, the use of the Internet for teaching EFL, the consideration of some instrumental factors in designing an English course and their selection of certain teaching activities.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:52
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pre-service teachers, EFL, teachers' perceptions and preferences
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language

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