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Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v39 n10 Article 5 Sep 2014

Possessing strong communication skills is essential in contributing to effective teaching. This paper investigates graduating student teachers' English language proficiency, as measured by IELTS tests scores, of graduating EL student teachers. The paper considers what teachers need to know about the English language given that English has been the medium of instruction (MoI) for Singapore schools since 1987. Given such a context, English language proficiency is an important consideration in the preparation of pre-service teachers in Singapore. Implications for additional training and preparation in language skills are also proposed.

Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Tests, Language Proficiency, Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Graduates, Secondary School Teachers, Communicative Competence (Languages), Language of Instruction, Scores, Critical Thinking, Test Use, Communication Skills

Edith Cowan University. Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, West Australia 6050, Australia. Web site: http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/





Author: Low, Ee-Ling; Chong, Sylvia; Ellis, Mary

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2479&id=EJ1041864



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