AWEJ Volume.3 Number.4, 2012                                                                                               pp. 160 – 178

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Self-Perceptions and Practices of a Group of Omani Cooperating Teachers for Supervising EFL Student Teachers’ Grammar Teaching during Practicum

Dr. Mohammad Abdu Ahmad Al-Mekhlafi
Department of English, Faculty of Education,
Sana’a University,
Yemen

Abstract

This study sought to investigate: a) practicum supervisors’ attitudes towards grammar teaching, b) Their perceptions of their practices in developing student teachers’ grammar teaching, and c) the relationship between their attitudes towards grammar teaching and their practices in preparing student teachers to teach grammar. The participants were 47 cooperating teachers from a variety of locations throughout Al-Batinah in the Sultanate of Oman in the 2010- 2011 academic year. Data were collected via a literature-based instrument whose analysis revealed that 86.4% of the cooperating teachers “agreed” with the statements associated with the grammar teaching self-perception scale with a mean of 4.32. This implied they showed a positive self-perception. Results indicated that the average mean of participants’ practices on the four subscales, namely: modeling, personal attributes, pedagogical knowledge and feedback was 4.04. This implied that they perceived themselves as having “medium” capability to supervise grammar teaching. Results also confirmed that cooperating teachers’ self-perceptions on teaching grammar were positively related to their own practices for supervising grammar teaching. Implications were drawn from the study for practicum programs and the training of cooperating teachers.

Key words: practicum, cooperating teachers, teaching grammar, self-perception, Oman

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Mohammad Abdu Al-Mekhlafi, PhD, is an Associate Professor of English at Sana’a
University, Yemen. He got his PhD in ELT from the CIEFL, Hyderabad, India in 1999. He also
attended Ball State University in the USA where he was awarded an M.A. in Linguistics and
TEFL in 1992. Throughout his varied career in the field of Education, Mohammad has worked as
a teacher educator at the Department of English, Faculty of Education, Sana’a University since
1989. He worked as a visiting lecturer in TEFL at Sohar University in Oman (2007 – 2012). His
main areas of research interest are: teacher training, error analysis, writing instruction and second
language pedagogy.