Practicum Anxiety and English Language Preservice Teacher Preparation in Indonesia: Experiences from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ania Lian, Syahdan Syahdan, Camelia Manalu, M. H.D. Natsir

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Abstract

The existing literature on practicum anxiety seldom scrutinises the preservice teachers’ experiences to uncover potential links between the sources of these anxieties and the conceptual frameworks they bring into their practicum journeys. This qualitative study interviewed five first-year preservice English language teachers in Indonesia amid COVID-19 lockdowns, exploring sources of their anxiety and coping strategies. The analysis revealed that, while their coping strategies align with those documented in prior international research, it also yielded novel insights. The preservice teachers in the study lacked conceptual frameworks to aid in translating the national ELT curriculum objectives into practice, did not mention utilising relevant professional literature for additional guidance, and appeared unfamiliar with the school culture at their practicum locations. Arguably, these factors are crucial for fostering a sense of ease during the practicum. Although the scope of this study is limited, its findings highlight the significance of this analysis and stress the necessity for more extensive investigations to gain a fuller understanding of the preservice practicum experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalEnglish Teaching and Learning
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2024

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