Idiom is VATE's online journal. Three editions of Idiom are published each year and recent issues have focused on 'The inclusive English classroom', 'Literary Perspectives', 'Demands of Data' and VATE's Community of Practice: Reading Project.
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No 3: initial teacher education
Initial teacher education plays a crucial role in the preparation of future English teachers. Their experiences in preparatory teacher programs in Universities, and on placement in schools, are integral to shaping how these teachers perceive their role as educators and what they can contribute to student learning and the development of pedagogical practice. What is taught in initial English teacher programs? What knowledge and experience do pre-service teachers bring with them? What are the opportunities and challenges faced by those associated with preparing future generations of English teachers? How and why do the experiences of new English teachers differ?
This edition of Idiom seeks to capture the nature of initial English teacher education. Read more here...
We invite contributions from all those associated with English teaching:
• pre-service teachers
• English teachers and coordinators who support placement experiences in schools
• academics tasked with teaching and assessing pre-service teachers
Contributing Editors: Alex Bacalja (Lecturer in Literacy and English Teaching, Melbourne Graduate School of Education) and Jenna Larkin (Loreto College, member of VATE Publications and Communications Committee)