Turkish EFL Pre-service Teachers' Characterization of language teachers

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Kurt G. , Ersin P.

International Conference on New Horizons in Education, Lisbon, Portugal, 12 - 14 May 2011, pp.915-920

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Lisbon
  • Country: Portugal
  • Page Numbers: pp.915-920


One of the key questions educational researchers investigate involves better understanding of what it

means to be a teacher. Researchers in general education have identified several universal teacher

characteristics that transcend various disciplines. While educational researchers agree that these

characteristics are relatively consistent across different subject matters, there is little agreement regarding

discipline-specific teacher characteristics (Bell, 2005). The present study aims to investigate Turkish EFL

(English as a Foreign Language) pre-service teachers‟ perceptions of the distinctive characteristics of

language teachers. The participants were 85 freshman level and 98 senior level Turkish pre-service

teachers (PTs) of English enrolled in a state university in Istanbul, Turkey. Data were collected by means

of a questionnaire adapted from Lee (2010).