Purpose of Practicum
the objectives of SEA Teacher project is:
- To enable pre-service student teachers to develop their teaching skills and pedagogy
- To encourage the pre-service student teachers to practice their English skills
- To allow the pre-service student teachers to gain a broader regional and world view
- To expose future teachers to diverse teaching and learning situations and opportunities, and the value of flexibility.
and based on my experiences in Chiang Rai as the Pre-Service Student for a month, i can feel that this program really benefits me. through this program i can improve my teaching skills and pedagogy, and of course my english skills too. i also can see the differences between Indonesia and Thailand, and because of this differences i can understand that culture and habit can effect the way people act. because the differences i can experience the diverse teaching and learning situations and opportunities, and the value of flexibility.
Procedures of Practicum
for the practicum procedures, we did everything based on the schedule and school rules. i came to the school everyday from monday to friday at 7.40 am untul 4 pm. for the first week i did the observation. and from the observation i can saw how the teacher handled their students and how they taught the students. the second weeki made the lesson plan and did the teaching assisting. in this week my adviser always told me what i need to fixed and what i need to do in the classroom. in the third and fourth week i did the teaching practicum in my classroom. i teach the class in 50 minutes for each period. after all of my activities i and vika (she also got mengrai School as her practicum school) made the report and did the presentation in CRRU a day before we back to Indonesia.
Outcomes of Practicum
This program also mede me improve my teaching skills, pedagogy, and english skills (because the only language i can use to communicate with non indonesian people is English). Another thing is i learned how to deal and respect another people who have different culture with us. Moreover the differences between Indonesia and Thailand made me understand different types of the students and i believe what i have learned during my pre-service student teaher project activity in Chiang Rai will help me to become a better teacher in the future.
The Challenges of Practicum
the challenges were about the different language we use. most of the Thai Students don’t speak english, so it was a little bit hard to communicate with them. to overcome this i use the google translate, power point in english, also body language. but glad that every students really respect me and my class. even sometimes they confused with english, they still manage to tried to answer my question or quiz.
This Program is amazing program i have ever experienced in my life. this program really makes me experienced something that i will never get in my whole life if i didn’t decide to apply for this program. Through this program i got a lot of benefits. Not only practice in teaching, i also learned Thai Language. Eventhogh Thai Language is difficult to learn but everyone near me always taught me Thai and it makes me know some words in Thai, even for counting from one to thousands. and because of this program i also gained new friends from another country and got new friends from another provinces in Indonesia.
Suggestion for Future Improvement
SEA Teacher Project is a good and amazing program. this program really help me to improve in many aspects. all the teacher in the school are so nice and help me a lot to finished my 1 month practicum in Mengrai School. however, it still need something to improve for the next batch especially for the school. i think it will be better if the student teacher got a schedule from the school or the adviser about their activities during the practicum instead of just follow the teacher based the teacher’s schedule.