Exploring the beliefs of teacher educators, students, and administrators : a case study of the english language teacher education program in yemen

Muthanna, Abdulghani
This study focuses on exploring the current (2009-2010) state of the English Language Teacher Education (ELTE) Program in Yemen. The current state of the program was investigated through exploring the beliefs of teacher educators, teacher candidates, and administrators. Additionally, available education policy documents were critically examined. A pilot study pointed to the need for interviews with various stakeholders of language teacher education. Multiple semi-structured interviews were designed and conducted. Three teacher educators and four recent graduates were interviewed. Three administrators in the Ministry of Higher Studies and Scientific Research were interviewed. Furthermore, two bureaucrats in the Ministry of Education together with two administrators in an Education Sector were interviewed. All interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed. An extensive reading of the transcriptions led to the identification of major patterns. Several themes were found. These themes highlight various aspects of the ELTE program in Yemen. The findings showed that the ELTE program had neither clear-cut standards nor educational philosophy, and suffered from distinctive administrative and academic problems. The findings, furthermore, revealed that the education policy-makers paid little attention to the program improvement and the application of the strategies they had planned. Finally, despite the problems encountered, all participants agreed on the critical need for the ELTE program at Yemeni universities.


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Citation Formats
A. Muthanna, “Exploring the beliefs of teacher educators, students, and administrators : a case study of the english language teacher education program in yemen,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.