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English Teaching Preparation

 

On Thursday, 14th February, 2019, Mayyer Ling Binti Mohammad Tony Ling gave a FASS seminar titled 'Advancing Achievement through Value-Added Measures: A Study on English Teacher Preparation in Brunei' describing the research she has conducted together with Dr Rinni Marliyana Binti Haji Amran which will soon appear as a chapter in the book English Language Teacher Preparation in Asia: Policy, Research and Practice, edited by S. Zein and R. Stroupe, and published by Routledge.

The research was conducted under the Activity Theory framework developed by Engeström (2001).

Third Generation Activity Theory (adapted from Engeström, 2001).

Teachers from Brunei-Muara, Tutong and Belait who had begun their careers before 2014 were interviewed about their experienes in teaching English and also their impressions of the Brunei Teachers’ Standard – Teacher Performance Appraisal (BTS-TPA) appraisal system which was implemented in 2014 and the first cycle of which was completed in 2017.

Some issues with the BTS-TPA that were highlighted include:

  • There is little feedback from the evaluators.
  • Classes may be fabricated: for example, the teachers may avoid code-switching when they are being evaluated but resort to regular code-switching in their ordinary classes.

The BTS-TPA framework

References

Engeström, Y. (2001). Expansive learning at work: Toward an activity theoretical reconceptualization. Journal of Education and Work, 14(1), 133–156.