Developing Technological Capacity in EAL Learning Environments: The Teacher Candidate Experience


  • Jay R. Wilson University of Saskatchewan
  • Michael Stone University of Saskatchewan
  • Daniel Krause University of Saskatchewan


Abstract: English as an Additional Language and technology are both areas that are underserved in teacher education programs. In an attempt to begin EAL and technology development sooner a volunteer group from the (Name) engaged in a program to create an educational technology experience in an EAL high school classroom. The opportunities for digital learning technologies to support teachers and learners are endless (Borko, Whitcomb and Liston, 2009). Teacher education programs continue to promote the integration of new technologies into training in Universities (Albion, 2008) and in the K- 12 school environment (Dawson, 2006) but developing high levels of competency in pre-service teachers has been difficult. Another issue is that students in Canadian teacher preparation programs are unlikely to have the opportunity to develop skills in EAL (Cummins, Mirza & Stille, 2012; Mistry & Sood, 2010). Also, students in English as an Additional Language need exposure to technologies to help support their academic success and integrate into new cultures. A key aspect of learning to be a successful teacher involves the students learning in the settings in which they will teach Smarkola (2007) This paper uses an action research approach to examine the experiences of pre-service teachers application of technology in an English as an Additional Language high school classroom.

Author Biography

Jay R. Wilson, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Wilson works at improving the experience of pre-service and graduate teachers. He has extensive practical experience in the area of technology and its application to teaching and instruction. He is also skilled in the areas of multimedia production, program evaluation, and delivery of professional development. Since 2007 Dr. Wilson has offered the College of Educational Technology Group which has teacher candidates active in schools learning about technology. He has offered a variety of graduate level courses at the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus where students are able to collaborate and learn in design studio environments. Most of Dr. Wilson's courses support innovative learning in face-to-face and online environments.


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