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Teaching and resource building in teacher education
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Paper presented at the 9th Tamil Internet Conference 2010, Coimbatore, India, 23-27 June 2010
This paper talks about the experience of teaching of Tamil language and learning through IT in pre-service course training at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. Teachers are undergoing their training on educational history of Singapore, educational psychology and teaching their first and second curriculum studies with the content subjects and practicum at the pre-service training. While they are going to be the teachers of 21st century learners, it is essential to equip themselves with the necessary and relevant professional skills. Ida Fajar Priyanto(2007) stated about the production IT based teaching resources for the development of teachers.
Here, instead of learning students’ learning and teachers’ teaching approaches, they were taught to use,
facilitate with information technology and to produce resources for their students and other students. This kind of resource building providing cognitive, social and emotional constructivism based engagement and focus on a common goal i.e. developing the Tamil students in Singapore. The resources were prepared by the writing lesson but can be customized by the teachers for their teaching of other skills in Tamil class. The resources building was based on task based approach, web-quest approach, group investigation approach and multimodal approach. Although the trainees were encouraged to focus on student based learning package they also provided guidelines for the teachers to use it effectively in their class. Here, developing and equipping young students to be the frequent users of the Autonomous Technology-Assisted Language Learning (ATALL) for their understanding and learning of the second language i.e. Tamil ( Autonomous_Technology-Assisted_ Language_Learning). This way of learning provided the facilitation to the student while he/she learns on his/her own pace in the mode of student based learning with the communication tools for eg. Computer, sound based media and the content of their subject. A questionnaire was used to collate the trainees constructive comments as they are told to use their and their peers’ resources during their teaching Practicum at various Primary Schools for 10 weeks in this January Semester, 2010.
The article will share the full picture of this process at the conference.
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