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Title: Teacher knowledge about oral English instruction and teacher profiles: An EFL perspective
Authors: Chen, Zan
Goh, Christine Chuen Meng
Keywords: Teacher knowledge
professional profiles
teacher development
oral English teaching
Chinese EFL contexts
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Chen, Z., & Goh, C. C. M. (2014). Teacher knowledge about oral English instruction and teacher profiles: An EFL perspective. Teacher Development, 18(1), 81-99.
Abstract: Teacher knowledge, an important cognitive basis of teaching, has attracted termendous attention in educational research in the last few decades. This study examines whether teachers’ self-perceived knowledge about oral English teaching differs with regard to their professional profiles in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) context in China. A sample of 527 teachers from 56 universities in 29 cities across the country responded to a self-report questionnaire. Thirty teachers were interviewed. Teachers’ self-perceived knowledge was assessed by two factors: pedagogical content knowledge about oral English teaching (PCK) and knowledge of students’ oral English characteristics (KOS). The reliability and validity of the instrument are tested and presented. Results showed that EFL teachers generally reported having insufficient PCK and KOS. ANOVA and t-tests revealed no significant knowledge difference among teachers with different teaching experiences, training and overseas exposure. However, teachers’ learning experiences, self-perceived speaking ability and familiarity with teaching methodologies were found to influence teacher knowledge in a significant way. The findings highlight the need for the development of teacher knowledge about oral English teaching in the EFL contexts. Suggestions for further research are offered.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Teacher Development . The published version is available online at
ISSN: 1366-4530
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/13664530.2013.854270
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