HOW ENGLISH STUDENT TEACHERS DEAL WITH TEACHING DIFFICULTIES IN THEIR TEACHING PRACTICUM

Riesky Riesky

Abstract


Abstract: In the process of becoming professional, every single teacher will normally
go through a series of experiences that are cognitively, physically, and emotionally
challenging. One of the first steps they have to go through is a form of first teaching
experience with real students and real school environment like what many student
teachers are required to face in their teaching practicum. This paper explores kinds
of teaching difficulties and efforts carried out to overcome them by English student
teachers in the context of teaching practicum conducted in 14 different secondary
schools in Bandung, Indonesia. Qualitative case study is applied as the research design,
with interviews as the main instrument in collecting the data. This study involves the
participation of students enrolled in an EFL Methodology class in collecting the data
as a part of their course assignment. The results of data analysis reveal that there are a
variety of problems that can be mainly categorised into three types, namely problems
related to students, to the supervising teachers, and to the student teachers themselves.
Several efforts carried out are also identified and some suggestions are also highlighted
at the end of the paper.

Keywords


student teachers, novice teachers, supervising teachers, teaching practicum, teaching difficulties

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17509/ijal.v2i2.169

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