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Exploring difficulties in learning to teach English post-16

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This article investigates the experiences and training needs of student teachers as they learn to teach post-16 English on a secondary Post Graduate Certificate in Education. A case-study was conducted on a sample of Open University PGCE English students and mentors over a six-month period. Five research instruments were developed and used iteratively to generate qualitative data.

The study reveals significant problems, resulting in students feeling underprepared at the end of their 11-18 PGCE for the demands of post-16 English teaching. The results illuminate the need for more effective models of learning to teach post-16 English.

Keywords: A level English; post-16; teacher training

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Centre for Research and Development in Teacher Education, Open University

Publication date: July 1, 2003

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