Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number2.  June 2022                                                Pp. 73 -90

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Examination of the Pre-service Teachers’ Experiences and Perceptions on
Teaching Practices: English Language Teaching Case

Department of English Language Teaching
Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey
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Department of English Language Teaching
Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey


 Received:  3/7/2022                         Accepted:4/19/2022                     Published: 6/24/2022


This study aims to evaluate the pre-service teachers’ experiences and perceptions on teaching practices provided within an internship program carried out at a major state university in Turkey in a holistic way from various aspects. The participants of the study were 65 pre-service teachers studying in the English Language Teaching department at a state university in Turkey.  For this purpose, in the study, an explanatory mixed-methods research design was used. A Likert scale questionnaire was conducted with the pre-service teachers to collect quantitative data. Then a semi-structured interview was conducted with eight pre-service teachers to support the quantitative data with qualitative data. The results show that the teaching practice offered within the scope of the internship program is effective as it responds to the needs of pre-service teachers in terms of professional development and mentoring support regarding their teaching professional skills. However, the findings also show that according to the pre-service teachers, there are some issues such as the length of the teaching practice, the inadequacy of mentorship support, organizational problems, and the limited freedom given during teaching practice need to be considered. Finally, the study concludes by presenting some recommendations in line with the results to improve the quality of the teaching practice provided to pre-service teachers in Turkey.
Keywords: English language teaching, internship program, mentorship, pre-service teachers, pre-service teacher
education, teacher education, teaching practice

Cite as: KARSLİ, V., & YAĞIZ, O. (2022). Examination of the Pre-service Teachers’ Experiences and Perceptions on Teaching Practices: English Language Teaching Case. Arab World English Journal, 13 (2) 73 -90.


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Received: 3/7/2022 
Accepted: 4/19/2022
Published: 6/24/2022

Research Assistant Veysel KARSLİ works at Atatürk University, School of Education, English Language Teaching Program, Foreign Languages Education Department in Turkey. His research interests are computer assisted language teaching, foreign language speaking anxiety, instructional technologies and teaching language skills. ORCID:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oktay YAĞIZ works at Atatürk University, School of Education, English Language Teaching Program, Foreign Languages Education Department in Turkey. He gained his doctoral degree in 2009 in the field of English Language Teaching at Atatürk University. His research interests are English academic writing, educational research, and pronunciation studies.  Dr. Yağız conducted many research studies into the English language and its pedagogical aspects, particularly at the tertiary level. He also teaches at undergraduate and graduate levels in the fields mentioned above. (ORCID: