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Volume :5 Issue : 17 1988      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

An Evaluative study of the teaching of English program offered by the College of Education, Kuwait University

Auther : Firyal Al-Shalabi

This is an evaluative study of the Teaching of English Program Offered by the College of Education, Kuwait. Three criteria were utilized to evaluate the program: First, comparison between the contents of the present program with others in the same field offered in Britain and the United State. Second, evaluation of classroom performance of the practicing student teachers in the program. Third, investigation of the opinion of those students about the program.

The sample of this study was composed of all student teachers (39 of them) who were enrolled in the teaching practice course in the Fall of 1985/1986 during which this study was conducted. In order to evaluate their performance, an observation sheet was developed and given to the Cooperating teachers supervising the student - teachers in eight different schools.

A questionnaire containing a list of courses required for graduation was also developed and given to those students at the end of the internship program.

The results of the study confirmed, first, that the program of training English teachers in the College of Education is comparable to many offered in Britain and the United states, Second, more than 80% of the student - teachers obtained distinctive ratings in most teaching skills required of language teachers. But they were not as highly evaluated in competency skills. The main weakness Pertained to the students’ command of the English Language. Third, 50% of the students in the program indicated a strong need for courses in English grammar and conversation in order to achieve a better command of English, which confirms the results obtained from the evaluation instrument.

Based on these results, recommendations the improvement if the program were suggested at the end of the study.

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