THE EXPLORATION OF PRE-SERVICE EFL TEACHERS' CHALLENGES IN FIELD PRACTICUM

Rainal Wempi Pasaka, Emi Emilia, Lulu Laela Amalia

Abstract


This study investigates the challenges that six pre-service EFL teachers of a Bachelor of Education (Sarjana Pendidikan) program experienced in conducting field praticum. This study employs a qualitative research design, with phenomenological approach. Data was gathered through in-depth interviews. The interview data was then scrutinized and codified, respective to emergent themes through thematic analysis procedures (Merriam, 1998 in Emilia, 007, p. 84). The findings showed that pre-service teachers experienced challenges related to lesson preparation, classroom management, and communication breakdown within their field practicum. The study concludes with a recommendation and justification for teacher preparation programs to provide pre-service teachers with: robust theoretical frameworks in order to design instruction; practical experience in classroom management; profound knowledge of English language; and activities that develop strong confidence in teaching. In addition, teacher preparation programs are endorsed to formally inform mentor teachers regarding their roles and responsibilities in the practicum.

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IJE | ISSN: 1978-1342