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International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review

Vol. 3(1), pp. 7-19. January, 2015.

ISSN: 2360-7866

DOI: 10.14662/IJARER2014.058

 

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Vietnamese Students’ Perception of English Teacher Qualities: Implications for Teacher Professional Development

 

Tran Le Huu Nghia

 

Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), 715 Swanston Street, The University of Melbourne, Parkville 3010 VIC Australia. Email: tlhnghia@gmail.com or lhtran@unimelb.edu.au, phone number (61)0404271890

 

Accepted 23 January 2015

 

Abstract

 

This mixed-method study sought to identify the qualities of English teachers that Vietnamese students perceived to enhance their English learning in the informal education sector. Interviews and surveys were used to collect qualitative and quantitative data from English learners at nine cities in the South of Vietnam. Students reported 12 qualities perceived as significant factors that influenced their learning. English competence, teaching methods and socio-affective skills were perceived to be the most important teacher qualities by all students. In addition, teachers’ knowledge of cultures of English-speaking countries and of Vietnam and the ability to apply information technology into teaching were recognized to affect students’ learning, although they were not rated as highly as the other qualities. The study also found that students appeared to demand teachers to conduct their teaching and behave professionally in the class probably because in the informal education sector they were aware of their role as customers, not solely students. Therefore, it is recommended that English teachers in the informal education sector need to continuously improve their qualities and adapt to students’ various learning needs to facilitate their students-as-customers’ learning.

Keywords: commercial English centres, English competence, socio-affective skills, teacher qualities, teaching principle, Vietnam
 

     

Cite This Article As: Nghia TLH (2015). Vietnamese Students’ Perception of English Teacher Qualities: Implications for Teacher Professional Development. Inter. J. Acad. Res. Educ. Rev. 3(1): 7-19.

 

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