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Novice Teachers of English as a Foreign Language in the Czech Republic and their Drop-Out Intentions

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Problems with staffing play a crucial role among factors influencing the quality of English language teaching at Czech primary and lower secondary schools. Since 1990 the shortage of teachers of English as a foreign language has been repeatedly reported by the Czech School Inspectorate. The shortage is largely caused by the reluctance of English language teacher education study programme graduates to accept teaching positions at primary and lower secondary schools. A drop-out syndrome in the early stages of the teachers’ career is another factor that may contribute to the lack of teachers of English. Unfortunately, it has not been researched in the Czech Republic and it has not been systematically monitored by the state. In the research study focusing on novice teacher drop-out, conducted in 2015–2017, we deal with the process of socialisation of novice teachers in schools and with external factors that influence the socialisation and that can be seen as predictors of novice teachers’ decision to stay in their current school or leave either the school or the teaching profession. The current paper presents partial findings related to drop-out intentions of novice teachers of English as a foreign language in comparison with teachers of other subjects. Our findings indicate that drop-out intentions are more frequent in teachers of English as a foreign language than for other teachers and that teachers of English evaluate their cooperation with colleagues and leadership at their schools more critically than other teachers.

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The perception of readiness for teaching profession: a case of pre-service trainees

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Pre-service teacher training offers various opportunities for trainees to become aware of and understand the qualities of good teaching. Towards the end of their training they should be able to identify clearly the criteria for measuring their readiness for teaching profession as well as identify their own strong and weak areas.

The author of this article presents the results of the study where the aim was to focus on the trainees′ perception of themselves as English language teachers based on the criteria of the EPOSTL at the end of their training when trainees receive their diploma for teaching the English language.

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The Importance of Intercultural Communicative Competences for Tourism Labour Market: Students’ Views and their Self-Assessment

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The present paper is founded on two pillars. Firstly, it is one of the current trends in education worldwide, i.e. to connect theory and practice. Secondly, it is the need to be interculturally competent speakers of a foreign language in today’s globalized world of massive migration flows and signs of increasing ethnocentrism. Based upon these two requirements, the ability to communicate in a FL effectively and interculturally appropriately in the tourism industry is a must, since being employed in whichever of its sectors means encountering other cultures on a daily basis. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to find out undergraduate tourism students’ opinion on the importance of intercultural communicative competences for their future profession as well as their self-assessment in the given field. The findings of the research, which are to be compared to employers’ needs, revealed that there is considerable difference between the respondents’ views on the significance of the investigated issues and their self-esteem.

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Cyberbullying as a negative result of cyber-culture of Slovak children and adolescents: selected research findings

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Cyber-culture points out the life in cyberspace and goes beyond national cultures. It is particularly attractive for the young people who use Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to express their attitudes, values, beliefs and thinking. Those do not need to be necessarily in accordance with the standards of an individual society. Cyberculture becomes dangerous. Great risk lies in cyberbullying that represents negative impact of cyber-culture on human behavior. The aim of the study is to detect cyberbullying as a negative impact of cyber-culture among of Slovak children and adolescents. The research was carried out on a sample of 1619 11-18-year old respondents (average age was 14.51). Results of cyberbullying research carried out using Latent Class Analysis (LCA) have proved the appropriateness of 3-latent-class module. Relative entropy of the module reached 0.915. It was demonstrated that 52.9% of respondents belonged to the group of uninvolved, 42.7% were victims and 4.4% were victims-aggressors. Being a negative consequence of cyber-culture, cyberbullying is a challenge that educators - including other assisting professions - face when educating children and adolescents to orientate in cyberspace, behave responsibly, express themselves in a way that would not interfere others’ integrity and identity (personal and virtual). The study was written under VEGA MŠVVaŠ SR a SAV č. 1/0244/15: “Detekcia a riešenie kyberšikany”.

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A critical look at the portfolio as a tool for teacher cognition at pre-gradual level: perceptions of students

). Význam portfolia pro profesní rozvoj studentů učitelství. In Píšová, M. ed. (2007). Portfolio v profesní přípravě učitele (pp. 7-20). Pardubice: Univerzita Pardubice. Straková, Z. (2010). European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages and Its Benefits for Pre-service Teacher Training. English Matters (pp. 79-83). Prešov: Prešovská univerzita v Prešove. Straková, Z. (2015). The perception of readiness for teaching profession: a case of pre-service trainees. Journal of language and cultural education. 3(1), 53-67. Walsh, S., Mann, S. (2015

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Translation studies: Translator training vs employers’ expectations

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EFL Teachers’ Moral Dilemma and Epistemic Beliefs

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Subjective perceptions of ESP (English for Specific Purposes) university teachers’ professional beginnings: Quantitative research into pedagogical content knowledge

., BURDENSKI, T. K., & GONZALES, M. (2005). Identifying teacher expertise: An examination of researchers’ decision making. Educational Psychologist 40(1), 13-25. PELIKÁN, J. (2011). Základy empirického výzkumu pedagogických jevů [Basics of empirical research of pedagogical phenomena]. Praha: Karolinum. PÍŠOVÁ, M., NAJVAR, P., JANÍK, T., HANUŠOVÁ, S., KOSTKOVÁ, K., JANÍKOVÁ, V., ... ZERZOVÁ, J. (2011). Teorie a výzkum expertnosti v učitelské profesi [Theory and research of experts in teacher profession]. Brno: Masarykova univerzita

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The Use of Hedging in Research Articles on Applied Linguistics

. Applied Linguistics , 10, pp.1-35. Nelson, N. & Castello, M. (2012) Academic writing and authorial voice . doi: 10.1108/S1572-6304(2012)0000024007. Prince, E., Frader, J., & Bosk, C. (1982). On hedging in physician-physician discourse. In R. D. Pietro (Eds.), Linguistics and the professions Hillsdale, NJ: Ablex. Rounds, P. (1982). Hedging in written academic discourse: Precision and flexibility . Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan. Mimeo. Salager-Meyer, F. (1994). Hedges and textual communicative function in medical English written

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Mexican university teacher-researchers’ biliteracy beliefs and practices

_Academic_Literacies_Model_Theory_and_Applications Lengeling, M. (2007). Falling into the EFL job in Mexico. MEXTSOL Journal, 31 (7), 88-96. Retrieved from http://mextesol.net/journal/public/files/67b73a603083ac8083ee0bdc366b0742.pdf Lengeling, M. (2013) (Coord.). Entering into the EFL Teaching Profession: Stories of Teacher Socialization in Mexico/Los Inicios en la Profesionalización de Enseñanza de Inglés como Lengua Extranjera: Historias de Socialización de Maestros en México. México: Universidad de Guanajuato-Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. New London Group, (2000). A Pedagogy of

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