Acadia University, a small liberal arts institution, has for 15 years, offered a unique practicum experience for its teacher interns enrolled in the preservice Bachelor of Education. Students travel to Shanghai, China for a period of four months to teach English as a Second Language in school classrooms ranging from grades kindergarten to six. This paper describes the preparation of interns and the inherent challenges they face as pedagogues in a distinctly different teaching context. This action research account seeks to used mixed methods to identify areas of improvement in the process of preparing beginning teachers for a career in international teaching.

Author Biography

Dr. Gregory MacKinnon is a Professor of Science & Technology Education at the School of Education , Acadia University, Nova Scotia , Canada. His areas of research include the use of technology to empower constructivist teaching and science curriculum in developing countries. He is the Graduate Coordinator and Chairs the International Practicum Program.

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