Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number1  March 2021                                                   Pp.59-70
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no1.5

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Interventions to Improve a Practicum Course for EFL Teachers in Saudi Arabia 

Khadija A. Alamoudi
English Language Institute, King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Email: khaalamoudi@kau.edu.sa

 

Received: 11/9/2020               Accepted: 1/22/2021              Published: 3/24/2021

 

Abstract:
Although the Teaching Practicum (TP) course makes a significant contribution in preparing teachers, it remains lacking in many essential aspects. To fill in the gaps regarding literature, this research paper was designed to explore the views of three Master of Art (MA) TESOL student-teachers on the advantages they gained and challenges they faced during their TP course at a Saudi university. Participants were interviewed, observed, and the two reflective assignments of the course were analyzed to find answers to the research questions. The research questions focused on the instructional benefits of the TP course and the interventions needed to enhance the effectiveness of the course. The findings revealed that the practical teaching component was the most helpful part of the course and the peer-observation report was the most appropriate evaluation method. Moreover, the study found that the limitedness of the teaching timeframe poses a significant challenge, and hence increasing the teaching practice time was the most significant change the participants suggested. Finally, the study recommends interventions that will help improve the quality of the TP course.
Keywords: English language teaching in Saudi Arabia, Saudi EFL teachers, student-teachers,
teaching practicum (TP), qualitative research

Cite as: Alamoudi, K. A. (2021). Interventions to Improve a Practicum Course for EFL Teachers in Saudi Arabia
Arab World English Journal, 12 (1) 59-70.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no1.5

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Received: 11/9/2020
Accepted: 1/22/2021 
Published: 3/24/2021   
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no1.5 
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Dr. Khadija A. Alamoudi is a full-time assistant professor at the ELI, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She specializes in educational evaluation, EFL teacher evaluation, and EFL teacher professional development. Her research focuses on different aspects related to ELT teacher such as: performance evaluation, identity, and professional development. She also had some works on both theoretical and applied linguistics. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8466-0967