Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Australian Journal of Teacher Education


This paper aims to present a small group of pre-service

English teachers’ perceptions towards the overseas field experience

programme jointly organised by a university in Canada and the

teacher trainer institute in Hong Kong. The study involved seven

Canadian Year 3 and 4 B.Ed. TESL students who participated in the

investigated eight-week overseas field experience programme to Hong

Kong. A purely qualitative method was adopted in which a semistructured

interview was conducted and the participants were asked to

keep fieldwork logs to obtain their views of the programme. The

results of the study show that the participants were highly positive

about this overseas field experience because they could understand

more about the nature of Chinese ESL students through their teaching

experience in Hong Kong. The paper concludes by suggesting that an

effective collaboration and communication among the partnership

universities and the linking schools is particularly important because

it can make the participants benefit most from the programme.


Submission Location


Link to publisher version (DOI)