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Friday, August 14 • 11:00am - 11:25am
Using Critical Incident e-Portfolios as a Tool for Pre-Service Language Teacher Development and Reflective Practice

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This paper will discuss how e-Portfolios are used as a tool for professional development and reflective practice for pre-service EFL teachers at a university in northern Japan. The presenter and his colleagues designed a pre-service teacher-learning program that combines practical experience with the course-work students undergo in four English teaching methodology classes over two years. In each teaching methodology class, students have a practice lesson at a local school. They are asked to write about a critical incident (CI) that occurred in this lesson and summarize it on their e-Portfolio. A CI is defined as an event or accumulation of events that changed teachers’ personal concepts about learning or teaching a foreign language. Farrell (2009) argues that teacher education programs need to provide case studies to pre-service teachers of the challenges, conflicts, and problems they may face. CIs are one way to do this: they can serve as a means for student teachers to follow their own development in our program as well as a means for other students to understand the issues they could face as teachers. E-Portfolios, like traditional portfolios, are a way of showing a collection of work to demonstrate one’s development. However, in order for the e-Portfolios to be assessable to a wider audience, they must present a holographic portrait of a teacher’s development. That is, in one screen shot it must show the nature of student teachers’ growth as well as factors that sparked it. This paper will discuss how the e-portfolios have been designed to give this holographic view and how the CI technique can be used on all students’ e-Portfolios to reveal the nature of their learning to improve future program implementation. It is hoped that the audience will leave this presentation with ideas for e-Portfolio design and ways of utilizing e-Portfolios.


James Hall

Iwate University

Friday August 14, 2015 11:00am - 11:25am EDT
CGIS South S010 (Tsai Auditorium) 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA