English in Malta, English in Bristol: What Implications for Teacher Education?

Lorna Smith, Doreen Spiteri

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This article explores some emerging issues surrounding two teacher education courses in different parts of the world which share a similar purpose: preparing student teachers to become secondary school teachers of English. In one context the English language is the first language, in the other, the second. However, the distinction is not so neat when learner differences in levels of proficiency are factored in, and is even less neat with the influx in both contexts of immigrant students who are new to learning English. How are teacher educators and student teachers responding to this changing scenario while simultaneously acclimatizing to new national curricula, both placing an emphasis on developing students’ writing skills? The article refers to this one aspect of teacher education course – the teaching of writing skills to secondary school students – and compares the curricular implications in terms of how the PGCE teacher education courses respond.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
JournalMalta Review of Educational Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • PGCE English ITE


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