The Student Teacher Resource Library Project

By Samia Elbassiouny, Melanie van den Hoven and Keith Kennetz.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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This paper reports on a research project entitled A Student Teacher Resource Library Project generously funded by the Emirates Foundation. This project aimed to encourage Emirati pre-service teachers to be engaged readers and promoters of reading in primary schools. This paper explains first the initiatives undertaken at Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE), a teacher’s college in Abu Dhabi. These initiatives include literary instruction in the B. Ed curriculum and extracurricular activities, such as a Reading Club, an ECAE Student Author event and a display of literacy-teaching resources for literary instruction available in the Curriculum Resource Center. Then the paper explains the methods for tracking the attitudes of Emirati pre-service teachers toward reading. Finally the paper reports on the findings generated in the initial phase of the data collection which aims to capture attitudes toward reading before exposure to the ECAE initiatives.

Keywords: Reading Attitudes, Teacher Education, Reading Development

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 20, Issue 3, April 2014, pp.55-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 25, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 658.688KB)).

Dr. Samia Elbassiouny

Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Department, Faculty of Education, Port Said University, Egypt

Dr. Samia Elbassiouny is Assistant Professor, Arabic and Islamic Curricula and Methods of Teaching, Faculty of Education, Port Said University, Egypt. She’s working now at Emirates College for Advanced Education, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Melanie van den Hoven

Teacher, English Department, Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE), Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Mrs. Melanie van den Hoven teaches in the B.Ed. - English Department at ECAE in the UAE where she teaches a range of courses related to the teaching of English, including literacy instruction for young learners. Melanie has a master's in TESOL from the School for International Training, Vermont USA and is currently working towards her Doctorate in Education at the University of Durham, England. Her main research interests are related to the use of English as a medium of instruction in the Arab world and teaching English as an International Language.

Dr. Keith Kennetz

Teacher, English Department, Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE), Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Keith Kennetz teaches English Subject Knowledge courses in the B. Ed - English Department at ECAE. He has a M.A. TESOL from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Georgia. His main areas of research concern Language Variation.