Problems Facing EFL Students in Practicum Courses at Palestinian Universities
Wessal Rasmi Shaheen Jaradat
وصال رسمي شاهين جرادات
This study aims at identifying problems facing EFL students in practicum courses at Palestinian universities. The population of the study consisted of all EFL students in practicum courses at Palestinian universities. The study adopted the descriptive method. It was applied on a proportional stratified random sample which consisted of EFL students in practicum courses in the second semester of the academic year (2018-2019) students' sample consisted of (25) male and (117) female. The researcher designed a questionnaire and a semi-structured interview. Validity and reliability were calculated for the two instruments of the study. The questionnaire consisted of six domains with (56) items. The selected five universities were Hebron university, Bethlehem university, AN-Najah national university, Birzeit University and Al-Quds Open University. The variables of the study were gender, cumulative average and university. The results of the study showed that the total degree of the problems facing EFL students during their practicum courses at Palestinian universities were medium. They also showed that there were no statistically significant differences between the mean scores of the subjects' responses on the problems facing EFL students in practicum courses at Palestinian universities due to gender, cumulative average or university. The results also showed that there were statically significant differences at (α≤ 0.05) in the mean scores of the problems facing EFL students in the practicum courses due to the university regarding problems related to the academic supervisor, so the H03 hypothesis of this domain is rejected. In light of the study results, the researcher has concluded some recommendations. Keywords: Academic supervisor, cooperative teacher, cooperating school, practicum, student teacher.