Utilizing U.S. TESOL Undergraduate Internship Students to Improve Japanese College Students’ English Skills and the TESOL Students’ Teaching Skills


The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how utilizing U.S. TESOL undergraduate internship students can help improve Japanese college students’ English skills effectively in an EFL environment as well as help develop the interns’ teaching skills. The internship students spend about six weeks at Konan University during the spring semester during which they are involved in teaching, co-teaching, observing, tutoring, lesson planning, and having individual conferences for a total of more than 120 hours. The biggest benefit to our students is to increase their opportunities to communicate with the interns in class as well as outside of class through tutoring. The presenter will give detailed information about how he usually recruits interns and organizes the schedules for different classes and how each instructor supervises them. Furthermore, he will talk about student survey results that show how they felt about their interns and how interacting with the interns has helped improve their language skills. The presenter will also explain how the interns’ experience at Konan will help them prepare for their teaching at any institution in the States and overseas in the future.

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Nobuo Tsuda, Konan University, Japan

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Conference: IICEHawaii2020
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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