A MODEL COURSE FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN DEVELOPING PRE-SERVICE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS’ PROFICIENCY AND COMPETENCE
The Islamic University of Gaza (PALESTINIAN TERRITORY)
This paper discusses how a variety of educational technologies can be used to develop pre-service English language teachers’ linguistic proficiency and teaching competence. The discussion is based on a training course that lasted for 16 weeks and for three different semesters. The Palestinian participants are approximately 100 3rd-year university students specialized in teaching English as a foreign language at the Islamic University of Gaza. These students were divided into 3 groups where training was delivered in a computer lab and in a discussion room. The course included two parts: a wide variety of computer and internet skills and using such skills in enhancing the participants’ language learning skills and language teaching competence, leading to ongoing professional self-development at language learning and teaching levels. The results of such training include developing positive attitude towards the importance of using technologies in advancing language learning and teaching skills and developing their ability to use various technologies in learning and teaching English language efficiently and effectively.