Investigating perceived competences of english language teachers in Turkey with regard to educational background and experience

Taner, Gülden
This survey study reports on the perceived competence levels of teachers of English working at state schools in Turkey with respect to their background, and proposes a new competence framework that meets international standards and matches local definitions. For this, European Profiling Grid (EPG) was translated into Turkish through a team-translation project, and adapted to Turkish context through teacher interviews. This adapted framework was used as part of the Language Teacher Competences Survey, which was completed by 4172 teachers across Turkey. The analyses showed that alternatively certified teachers with BA in English (English Studies) report significantly higher levels of perceived English proficiency, followed by traditionally certified teachers (ELT graduates) and alternatively certified teachers with non-English degrees. In terms of methodology, ELT graduates have significantly higher perceived competences. However, differences between ELT and English-Studies graduates were not significant in other competence areas; while non-English group had the lowest perceived competences in all 13. Teachers in their first four years reported lowest levels of competence in all areas. Open-ended survey responses were used to revise the competence descriptors on the adapted framework. After alignment to local frameworks, a new competence framework and a guide to personal characteristics were developed. The study has implications for teacher education research, practice and policy. A new pre-service teacher education model is discussed. The results can serve as a needs analysis for in-service trainings. The framework can be used for teacher recruitment, evaluation and reflection which are regulated in the 2017 Teacher Strategy Document by the Ministry
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G. Taner, “Investigating perceived competences of english language teachers in Turkey with regard to educational background and experience,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2017.