The current article reports on a study of Chinese pre-service teachers' perceived problems in their teaching practicum. Reflective paper-writing was employed to investigate the views of 210 student teachers on an English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher education programme in Central China. The findings highlight six major problems. The article points out that these problems have been caused by the exiting rationalist model of teacher education. Furthermore, the article also emphasises the need to transform the existing model of teaching practicum.