The STEFE (Student Teachers' Experiences
in France and England) databases have been developed by Barry Jones at
Homerton College, Cambridge. They consist of two databases containing
accounts of the experiences of French and English student teachers participating
in a programme which combined the English Post Graduate Certificate in
Education (PGCE), at Homerton College, Cambridge, with a Maîtrise:
Français Langue Etrangère (Masters in French as a Foreign
Language) at one of seven French universities.
The students spend the first five weeks
in Cambridge studying modern foreign language teaching methodology, including
ten days' observation and some teaching in a local secondary school.
They then spend four months in France completing their Maîtrise before
returning to Cambridge at the end of January or the beginning of February
to start teaching practice in a secondary school. This continues
until the end of the school summer term in late July.
A report giving more detail of the development
of this project, including a full description of the course followed by the
students can be found in the section on sub-projects.
The STEFE databases consist of interview
data and diary data. Interviews were conducted at different points
through the year and edited extracts have been collected in the
student teachers' experiences database. Students also kept detailed
diaries of their experiences, and four of these have been collected together
in the Learning to teach French as a foreign language database.
Learning activities are available for use with the interview database,
and will shortly be made available for use with the diary database.
The databases are written as Windows Help
(.hlp) files and should be compatible with PCs running Microsoft Windows
95 or above with functional Windows Help. Clicking on the links below
will save the databases to your computer as self-extracting zip files.
Once the program has been downloaded, double-click on the icon 'explore.exe'
(or 'diary.exe') and it will create a directory called 'explore'
(or 'diary') on your PC containing the database as a .hlp file. Double-click
on that 'explore.hlp' (or 'diary.hlp') file to open it.
The databases and activities have been
developed by Barry Jones at Homerton College, and the activities piloted
with Homerton's PGCE / Maîtrise students. The ways of working,
procedures and questions suggested reflect this context. Feel free
to adapt them to suit your particular circumstances.
Exploring student teachers'
experiences interview database. Download
This database contains extracts from interviews
with both English and French student teachers. Interviews were conducted
at two points in the year: in February (printed in black), when the students
returned from their university studies in France, and in July (printed
in blue), as they were finishing their course and teaching practice in
or around Cambridge.
To help you explore how the students describe
their experiences the interview data has been organised under seven headings
or categories. These are:
Here is how you start.
Classroom management skills
Classroom teaching skills
Personal ability to cope
Social experiences and cultural differences
Support from teachers
Download the database and open it.
Read the Introduction.
Click Index. This list shows you
the categories under which the students' comments are filed and the
names of all the French and British students, grouped by nationality.
Try this example first to familiarise yourself
with the way the resource works.
Click on Denise under a category
in which you are interested. Read the few lines of student comment.
To read the next student's comments click
on students >>. The symbol >> enables you to go forward from
student to student. << enables you to go back.
If you have clicked on >> you should have Eleanor's comments
To go to another category and read other
comments click on << category>>. To move between
categories click on category>> to go forward, or <<category
to go back.
The resource will enable you to profile
a student quickly by reading all the information provided by that student,
or to view all the data available under one heading, or category.
You can at any stage print the text on
screen by selecting Print on the icon bar.
Learning activities relating to this database
are available relating to the following contexts:
in England and France
School in UK
These follow the chronology of the students'
The activities can also be downloaded as
an RTF file here.
Diary database: Learning
to teach French as a foreign language. Download
All the student cohort wrote diaries which
kept track of the highs and lows of their experiences, and what they have
learnt, culturally and linguistically, through living as a French and English
mixed nationality group. Four of these diaries have been made available
in this database, written by Sean, a male British student, Claire
and Lucy, two female British students and Simone, a French student.
The names are fictitious but the diaries are as they were written.
The pseudonyms used are the same as those used in the interview data, so
it is possible to compare diary and interview material from the same student.
The diaries cover the periods from:
1 September: PGCE course starts in Homerton
College, Cambridge (dates shown in red).
4 October: departure for France and the
beginning of the French university Maîtrise:Français Langue
Étrangère course (dates shown in green).
1 February: return from France and start
of the teaching practice in a secondary school teaching French - and for
some students another foreign language (dates shown in blue).
The database uses a similar format to the
interview database, above. Entries relating to specific dates can
be accessed by clicking on the calendar in the 'Index' section.
There are no learning activities related
to these diaries, as they are best read as a whole.