Qualities of effective EFL English teachers as perceived by Thai university students: A photovoice study
Walailak University, Thailand
Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Teachers are often viewed as a resource of knowledge, important role models for students, and key agents to the lives of students. Thus, understanding the qualities of an effective teacher is indispensable for effective teaching and learning and the success of the education system at large. This study attempts to identify qualities of effective EFL English teachers as perceived by Thai university students, using a qualitative method, photovoice. The participants in this study were 26 students (11 males, 15 females) from a university in Thailand, with an age range between 18 and 24. The findings revealed four main themes that could best reflect the qualities of effective EFL English teachers as perceived by the participants in the context. The themes included teachers' classroom instruction skills, their subject matter knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and socio-affective skills. In conclusion, this study built on the existing conceptual framework of effective EFL English teachers, and provides guidelines for teachers, universities, and policymakers in preparing or hiring English teachers.
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|Authors: Mr Thinley Wangdi (corresponding author) is a lecturer in the School of Languages and General Education at the University of Walailak in Thailand. His research interests include second language acquisition, teacher education, and areas related to teaching English as second/foreign language.|
Mr Ringphami Shimray is a lecturer at Prince of Songkla University, Hatyai Campus, Thailand. His research interests include ELT, teacher education and English language acquisition.
Please cite as: Wangdi, T. & Shimray, R. (2022). Qualities of effective EFL English teachers as perceived by Thai university students: A photovoice study. Issues in Educational Research, 32(2), 805-824. http://www.iier.org.au/iier32/wangdi.pdf