Pre-service Teachers’ Reflection on the Use of Self-developed English Language Teaching Materials for English as a Second Language Students

By Noriah Ismail, Intan Safinas Mohd Ariff Albakri, Supyan Hussin and Normah Ismail.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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This case study presents the reflection and perceptions of twelve pre-service ESL teachers from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) on the use of self-developed ELT resources and materials for language classrooms courses in real classroom environments. This study explores the pre-service teachers’ cognition, which is defined as an integrated system of beliefs, assumptions, and knowledge (BAK) to discover whether their teaching experiences altered their conceptions about the two different sets of ELT materials they developed (the theme-based and the ordinary/non-theme based) and used for Form One secondary school students based on their retrospective reflections and comments after the implementation of the materials in the classroom context. The findings indicate that the pre-service ESL teachers perceived the importance of the use of theme-based, authentic, familiar/suitable (Malaysian) contexts in developing effective teaching material. They also reflected on the significance of the use of the integrated approach and cooperative learning activities in planning their lessons as well as the need to consider the learners’ interest towards the materials used.

Keywords: Theme-based Teaching Materials, ESL, ELT, Teacher Cognition, BAK

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 20, Issue 4, November 2014, pp.35-51. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 19, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 720.453KB)).

Dr. Noriah Ismail

Senior Lecturer, Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Segamat, Johor, Malaysia

Noriah Ismail(Ph.D) is a senior lecturer at MARA University of Technology Malaysia. Her areas of interest include research in education and technology, CALL and ESL. She has served as an editorial board member, associate editor, honorary committee reviewer for a number of leading international conferences, proceedings and journals as well as a panelist for several prestigious award programs.

Intan Safinas Mohd Ariff Albakri

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia

Dr. Intan Safinas Mohd Ariff Albakri is a senior lecturer affiliated to the Faculty of Languages and Communication, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia. She is also the Director of the International Affairs Division, Sultan Idris Education University. She holds a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, England. Dr. Intan Safinas has researched and published in the area of teacher education, teacher cognition, methods and materials in English language teaching for young learners and adult learners.

Assoc. Prof. Supyan Hussin

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Supyan Hussin (PhD), an Associate Professor at the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, is currently the Deputy Director at the Center for Academic Advancement, UKM. Specializing in language education and technology, he has published more than 100 articles in chapters in books, journals, and proceedings at national and international levels. His research interest includes teacher education, e-learning, computer-assisted language learning, mobile learning, and pedagogical approaches in materials development. He has also been actively involved in conducting various human resource training in government and private sectors. He served as a Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Language Studies, the Head of E-Community Research Center, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the Malay World and Civilization. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is now a Deputy Chairman of the Malaysia Mobile Learning Association.

Normah Ismail

Senior Lecturer, Academy of Language Study, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Pasir Gudang, Johor, Malaysia

Dr Normah Ismail is a senior lecturer at the Academy of Language Studies Universiti Teknologi MARA Johor Bahru Malaysia. She has been teaching Proficiency English for the past 22 years.