Megawati, Fika (2015) CHALLENGES IN TEACHING EFL FOR PRE-SERVICE YOUNG LEARNERS TEACHERS. In: The 62nd TEFLIN International Conference 2015, 14 September 2015, Bali.

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To educate 21st century young learners, a teacher is demanded to have balanced knowledge in both theory and practice. Focusing on EFL, regardless whether English is taught as a compulsory or local subject, primary school students need introductory concept of English covering several skills and components. To encourage the students’ English mastery, the teacher indeed becomes the center point of the class. The success in achieving the competencies depends on how creative and innovative the instructors are. However, Indonesian pre-service teachers seem to have obstacles in learning and preparing sound English instruction. Various factors contribute to their competence including the fact that English teaching is not their primary goal. Thus, this article aimed to reveal potential challenges appeared to the college students in the English Learning for Primary School class and propose several strategies to enhance their English performance. To get the data, descriptive qualitative method was applied with interview and questionnaire as the main instruments. The results showed that pre-service primary school teachers in Indonesian context believed that teaching English faced prospective challenges identified from five categories. Furthermore, to cope with those difficulties, they have several strategies to conduct focusing on three aspects: media development, plenty of fun activities, and a technology literate teacher. In short, the earlier pre-service primary school teachers get a lot of ELT illustration and treatment, the more ready they will undergo English teaching. This is considered significant to discuss, especially for the teacher candidates to build and develop their professionalism in teaching English for young learners.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: challenges; young learners; pre-service teachers; primary school;
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Teaching and Education Science > School of English Languange Education
Depositing User: admin eprints
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2016 04:11
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2017 14:42

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