Qualities of effective EFL teachers at higher education level: student and teacher perspectives

Ata Kıl, Elifcan
The aim of this study was to describe the qualities of effective English language teachers from the perspectives of 227 preparatory year students at a state university and 36 English language instructors who work in the same English medium university. The study further investigates the personal and contextual factors that might have an influence on the effectiveness of English language teachers from the viewpoints of the students and teachers. In order for the purposes of this study, mixed method case study design was chosen. Questionnaires consisting of both ranking and open-ended questions were conducted. The findings of the study revealed that although students and teachers agree on some effective English language teacher characteristics, such as “increasing student motivation” and “being highly knowledgeable in English language”, there are differences in certain areas such as “being friendly towards students” and “having general knowledge”. Moreover, the analysis of the influencing factors indicated that “enjoying teaching”, “availability of materials”, and “classroom conditions” are the most agreed upon factors on the effectiveness of English language teachers.


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Citation Formats
E. Ata Kıl, “Qualities of effective EFL teachers at higher education level: student and teacher perspectives,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.