Introducing Co-Teaching and Co-Generative Dialogues in a Pre-Service Teaching Practicum: Stepping in and Remaining Contradictions

Ekaterina Arshavskaya


This article reports on collaborative teaching practices and co-generative dialogues incorporated into a Master of Arts
(MA) in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) practicum at a large northeastern U.S. university with a
focus on uncovering the processes associated with learning-to-teach. The paper describes the contents of the existing
pre-service teaching practicum as well as the supplementary activities that were introduced. The article presents two
main findings: (1) Co-teaching opportunities provided critical support to the pre-service teachers as they began
teaching, and (2) Although the co-generative dialogues were set up to mediate a reflexive dialogue around the nature
of teaching, we found that the pre-service teachers retained some teaching beliefs that were in conflict with those of
the mentors even at the end of the practicum. Despite the extended opportunities to discuss their respective teaching
beliefs, the mentors were not prepared to deal with the pre-service teachers’ unresolved concerns, which bears
important implications for how to prepare mentors to work with novices in the context of an MA TESL practicum.

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World Journal of English Language
ISSN 1925-0703(Print)  ISSN 1925-0711(Online)

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