Exploring the Impact of EFL Teacher Professional Development on Student Learning Experience in Context

By Mei-Hui Liu.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This yearlong qualitative study provided evidence regarding English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers’ professional development in a Taiwanese elementary school with a learning-impoverished school culture, which in turn influenced EFL classroom instruction and students’ learning experience in this context. Employing multiple stakeholders and multiple data collection methods, this study depicted that most teachers in this school context perceived little teacher interaction, collegial collaboration, and learning opportunities concerning their instructional practices. Within such a school teaching culture, most EFL teachers were uncertain about their instructional practices and felt perplexed at following the communication-oriented curriculum guidelines promoted by the Taiwanese government. Instead, they tended to focus English teaching on recitation and translation. Seemingly, keeping pace with the tight curriculum schedule was the priority in these EFL teachers’ classroom instruction. Learning in this school environment, most participating students expressed their difficulties keeping up with teachers’ instructional contents and further showed their limited interest in learning English at school. The findings of this study rendered meanings and lessons for education policy makers to pay more attention to how a school teaching culture would feature in teacher professional development and student learning experience.

Keywords: School Teaching Culture, Teacher Professional Development, Student Learning Experience, English Language Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 10, pp.521-536. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.308MB).

Dr. Mei-Hui Liu

Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan

Mei-hui Liu is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Tunghai University, Taiwan. She has an experience in teaching courses such as second language acquisition, language testing and assessment, English teaching methodology, oral training, and freshman English. Her research interests cover TESOL instruction, EFL teachers’ beliefs and practices, teaching and learning environment cultures, and English teacher education.

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