Impact of Interactive Online TESOL Practicum Course on EL Teachers' Professional Growth: Collaborative Cyclic Guided Online Coaching

Impact of Interactive Online TESOL Practicum Course on EL Teachers' Professional Growth: Collaborative Cyclic Guided Online Coaching

Kim H. Song (University of Missouri - St. Louis, St. Louis, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJTEPD.2019010106

Abstract

This mixed-methods study examined how an online practicum course could enhance teaching for English learners (ELs). Based on research on collaborative and nonjudgmental supervision, a guided online coaching model was adopted with technology-based tools such as Discussion Board, Kaltura, and VoiceThread. Three online coaching cycles were; preconference, observation of teaching videos, and post-conference. Posting frequency and exit-interview transcripts were data sources. There were two research questions: 1) What interactions occurred among online TESOL practicum course participants? and 2) What was the impact of the online TESOL practicum course on participants' EL teaching? The results showed that students interacted more among themselves than with the instructor. Three themes emerged from qualitative data analysis; acknowledgment, impact of cyclic coaching, and linguistically responsive EL-teaching. The results ensured students' active interaction at the virtual communal spaces with some challenges and enhancement of their EL-teaching due to cyclic online coaching.
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This section provides the background of the study with a literature review on benefits and challenges of online teaching and learning, guided online coaching, and linguistically responsive EL-teaching.

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