ENRICHING MICROTEACHING IN TEACHING ENGLISH TO YOUNG LEARNERS (TEYL): AN ACTION RESEARCH

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Gonca Yangın Ekşi
Asuman Aşık

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This action research is conducted upon noticing the need to provide pre-service teachers of English with a deeper insight into their microteaching demonstrations in TEYL course, which takes place in third year of the teacher training program before the practicum. Regarding the microteachings in TEYL course, the pre-service teachers complained about not being sure how children learn, think and act. Their concerns and dissatisfaction about the performance and feedback stages of microteaching sessions were also acknowledged by the researchers. Thus, 71 pre-service teachers were required to re-conduct their storytelling with target age children and complete a reflection questionnaire. The qualitative analysis of the data reveals that microteachings had some drawbacks in preparing pre-service teachers to the teaching profession. Actual practices with children enabled the pre-service teachers experiencing the natural atmosphere of teaching and developing understanding how children think, learn and react.Keywords: teacher training; teachers of young learners; young learners of English; microteaching; video-recorded reflection

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Gonca Yangın Ekşi, Gazi University

Dr. Gonca Ekşi is as assocaite professor at Gazi University, department of ELT. Her research areas are teacher training, curriculum and materials developemnt, langauge and culture, technıology and language teaching and young learners.

Asuman Aşık, Gazi University

Dr. Asuman Aşık is a Dr. instructor at at Gazi University, department of ELT. Her research areas are corpus and language studies, teacher training and young learners.

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