AWEJ Volume.3 Number.4, 2012                                                                                               pp. 195 – 213

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Prospective EFL Teachers’ Perceptions of the Teaching Practice Experience at AUST

Yehia Ahmed Al Sohbani
English Department, Ibb University,


This study intended to explore prospective EFL teachers’ perception toward the Teaching Practice (TP) they have experienced during their study in the TEFL program (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) at Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST) in the UAE. It seeks answers mainly to questions related to the prospective teachers’ perception on: 1) the TP in general; 2) cooperating teachers (schools’ teachers); 3) the academic supervisor and; 4) the school. The data were taken from a questionnaire. The questionnaire consists of 24 close items and three open ended questions. It was distributed to seventy (70) prospective teachers. The findings of the study showed that the participants’ perceptions regarding the TP were generally positive. The participants expressed their appreciation of the cooperating teachers, the academic supervisors, and the host schools.

Keywords: Prospective teachers, teaching practice


Yehia Ahmed Al Sohbani, received his PhD degree (Pune University) in English Language
Teaching in 1997. He is currently an associate professor in Ibb University, Department of
English, Ibb, Yemen. His research interests are language teaching and learning, language
learning strategies and teacher education.