Journal of Foreign Language Education and Technology

The Contribution of the Teaching Skills Courses and General Knowledge Courses of the Teacher Trainee Programme in the ELT Department of Uludag University

Abstract

Emre Bakan

The current study assessed the ongoing English Language Teacher Trainee
Programme at Uludag University from the teacher trainees’ point of view. The study
aimed to reveal if the teaching skills courses and the general knowledge courses
contribute to their goals. Participants were 30 first to fourth year students in the
English Language Teaching Programme at Uludag University. Data were conducted
by the help of a questionnaire that included three criteria: (1) the importance of the
lessons in the learning experience, (2) the contribution of the lessons in the career, (3)
the usefulness of the lessons in the personal development. Results revealed that the
programme to a great extent doesn’t meet the teacher trainees’ needs and interests.
The indicators pointed out that the students need to feel that the programme is
important for their professional training, and also they should see that the
programme helps them in achieving their goals and is a source of good practical
information.

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