A TESOL practicum in Australia

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Australia, an English-speaking country, offers teacher education courses in TESOL for both domestic and international students in contexts that include English as an Additional Language (EAL, formerly referred to as ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) or International Language (EIL). Different courses have been designed according to whether or not students aim to become qualified to teach in Australian schools and/or in a government-funded Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). A Master of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education both offer this teaching qualification. For students not seeking a formal Australian teaching qualification – international students, and domestic students who may want to teach international adult students in Australia, teach English overseas and/or upgrade their professional skills – a Master of TESOL is offered. In this chapter, we will describe these two courses against a backdrop of the issues pertaining to teacher education generally and to TESOL teacher education specifically, discuss the strengths and challenges, and suggest ways in which the challenges can be addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Perspectives on the TESOL Practicum
Subtitle of host publicationCases from Around the Globe
EditorsAndrzej Cirocki, Irshat Madyarov, Laura Baecher
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783030287566
ISBN (Print)9783030287559
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameEducational Linguistics
ISSN (Print)1572-0292
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1656

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