Where should Teacher Educators come from? November 20, 2009Posted by Philip Clegg in English for Progress.
Tags: British Council, British Council India, education, ELT conference, English for Progress, English Next India, in-service teacher training, NCTE, pre-service teacher training, Primary education, Project English, teaching English, Third Policy Dialogue
In the parallel session, ‘In-service and Pre-service English Language Teacher Education’, the room split into two groups to discuss the best way forward for in-service and pre-service teacher education.
One recomendation that came out was that Teacher Educators should come from schools and not from institutes or universities. They should be good teachers with a lot of practical experience and not traditional academics with doctorate degrees. What do you think?
Who is going to select these teachers? How to select them?
Should teachers be allowed to nominate themselves?
How do we replace the good teachers who we take out to become teacher educators?
Your comments please.
How many years of pre-service training? November 20, 2009Posted by Philip Clegg in English for Progress.
Tags: British Council, British Council India, ELT conference, English Next India, in-service teacher training, Maya Menon, NCTE, pre-service teacher training, Professor Siddiqui, teaching English, The Teacher Foundation, Third Policy Dialogue
Prof. Siddiqui, Chair of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)talked about the development of new curriculum framework for teacher education in India that he hopes will be implemented nation wide over the next 3 to 4 years.
He says pre-service, in-service and professsional development of teachers must be considered as a continuum of teacher education.
He says there has been a shift towards a more constructivist approach to learning. He recognises a need to enhance language competence and a need to give space for teachers to become reflective practitioners.
Professor Siddiqui recommends a 2 years post graduation teacher training programme, or 4- 5 years for school leavers (after plus 2).
How many years pre-service training do you think teachers need?