The University of Santo Tomas College of Education participated in
the 6th batch of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Teacher Project or the “Pre-service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia” spearheaded by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO).
UST sent 14 pre-service teachers to five universities identified by
SEAMEO for a month-long practicum within the period of August 1 to September 10, 2018. In return, UST received ten students from five universities in Thailand and Indonesia for a practicum period
within August 9 to September 5, 2018.
The SEA Teacher Project aims to impart knowledge and skills in teaching
junior high school students. It also exposed them to other teacher-related tasks that are deemed essential in their role as educators. It provides the participants opportunities to further hone their ability to speak English and gain a broader regional and world view.
The SEA Teacher participants underwent three phases of training with at least 20 hourso f assistantship and actual teaching. In the first phase, the SEA-teacher participants observed classes and were required to write down their observations and reflections. In the second phase, they assisted the cooperating teacher in the preparation and implementation of learning
plans and instructional materials. In the third phase, they conducted actual (independent) teaching. The culminating activity was a grand teaching demonstration where the SEA-teacher participants demonstrated their skills in classroom management, content delivery and pedagogy.