The Roles of English Language Teachers as Perceived by Learners ‎of English as a Foreign Language at An-Najah National University‎

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Sunday, November 7, 2004
Susanne Arafat

The aim of the study is to investigate the perceptions of students majoring in Methods of teaching English Language towards the different roles that the teachers of English as a foreign Language may take in the classroom, and what are the most important teachers roles as perceived by English Language learners. Moreover, the study tries to find if there is relationship between students gender, academic level and students average and his or her perception towards the role that the teacher take in the English classroom. For the purpose of the study, the researcher developed a questionnaire which includes eight roles of English language teacher. eighty three students from the Teaching Methods Department, (majoring in methods of teaching English) filled out the questionnaire. The results indicated that the students perceived the role of the teacher as an investigator as the most important role while the role of the teacher as a controller the least important one. Based on the findings the researcher recommends other studies to be conducted: such as investigating more potential roles of English language teachers. Further studies are also recommended to investigate the teachers’ perceptions towards their different roles. Finally, there is a need for a comparative study to show the similarities and differences between students’ and teachers’ perceptions towards the different roles of English teachers.

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