Investigating the IT courses for pre-service and in-service English teachers in Hong Kong: A case study

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Abstract

The present paper aims to find out the views of 26 pre-service and 8 in-service English teachers in Hong Kong about the IT courses in their teacher education programmes. The instruments used to collect their views in this study included questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. The findings of the study show that while both software applications and technology integration in teaching are highlighted in the course outline, the instructor focused more on the application aspect, with the technology integration being less emphasised. It is suggested that in order to prepare the pre-service and in-service English teachers to use IT in their teaching more effectively, they should be provided with opportunities to practice using it into teaching. Activities such as micro-teaching should be included in the courses. Another important finding is that PowerPoint was still the most commonly used application in teaching and the involved pre-service and in-service teachers usually just simply used different computer applications as alternatives to traditional teaching resources. This may reflect the fact that the IT courses are not adequate to prepare teachers to teach with IT. Copyright © 2011 National Teacher Education Journal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-48
JournalNational Teacher Education Journal
Volume3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

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Yang, C. C. R. (2010). Investigating the IT courses for pre-service and in-service English teachers in Hong Kong: A case study. National Teacher Education Journal, 3(3), 39-48.

Keywords

  • Pre-service and in-service teachers
  • English teacher education
  • Information technology courses
  • Case study
  • Courses
  • Effectiveness
  • English
  • In-service
  • Information
  • IT
  • Pre-service
  • Technology
  • Alt. title: Investigating the information technology courses for pre-service and in-service English teachers in Hong Kong: A case study