MATeaching Practice for English Teachers (Single-Subj. Pedag. Study Prog., Semester 4)

Credit points: 4
Contact hours: 30

Course Description

The teaching practice consists of observing the teaching of expert teachers and other novice teachers with the help of goal-oriented tasks, discussions with the mentor teacher after each lesson, preparing lesson plans, independent teaching, self-assessment of teaching, participating in teacher tasks outside of the classroom (parent meetings, administrative tasks...).

Teaching practice is usually carried out in public primary and secondary school anywhere in Slovenia, where there are enough English lessons in the programme and where there is a teacher employed who can mentor the student. The course consists of two placements in public schools. The student spends either 1 week at a primary school and 2 weeks at a secondary school, or vice versa. For single subject students the first placement (1 week) is in their 1st year, and the longer placement in their 2nd year. As a rule, the student chooses the school and the school/mentor confirms the placement by written agreement. The instructions for the teaching practice have been provided by the teachers of this course in book format. The main activities are observing the mentor teacher and teaching lessons independently with guidance and feedback from the mentor. Each TP is documented by a portfolio. The last part of the course is a lesson assessed by a teacher of this course and arranged specifically for this purpose (outside of each student's TP). This is organized after the student has completed both parts of TP.

• Gower, R., D. Phillips in S. Walters. 1995. Teaching Practice Handbook. Oxford: Heinemann.
• Skela, J., Sešek, U. in M. Zavašnik. 2003. Pedagoška praksa. Teaching Practice Pack. Gradivo za praktično usposabljanje učiteljev angleščine. Ljubljana: Zavod RS za šolstvo.