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    The effect of proficiency on “non-native” EFL teachers’ feelings and self-reported behaviours

    Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Leung, Pearl (2022) The effect of proficiency on “non-native” EFL teachers’ feelings and self-reported behaviours. IAFOR Journal of Education 10 (1), pp. 11-32. ISSN 2187-0594.

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    The current study addresses the question whether the level of proficiency of teachers who teach a “non-native” language, English, affects their attitudes, motivation, well-being and self-reported classroom practices. This quantitative study is based on a cross-sectional research design in order to investigate the relationship between actual English proficiency of 376 English Foreign Language (EFL) teachers from around the world who had English as a Foreign Language and feelings and self-reported behaviours. Statistical analyses showed that more proficient teachers scored higher on the dimensions “Classroom practice” and “Attitudes toward students and institution”. They were also more motivated and happier. Intermediate (B1-B2) teachers scored significantly lower on these measures than EFL educators with Advanced proficiency (C1-C2). No significant differences emerged between teachers at Lower advanced (C1) and Upper advanced levels (C2). An argument is made that all dependent and independent variables are connected, highly dynamic and interacting directly and indirectly, which means that causality is multi-directional. The implication is that educational authorities should organise regular in-service training to maintain and boost teachers’ proficiency because investing in teachers’ linguistic skills represents a long-term investment in their emotional well-being and will ultimately benefit their students.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): attitudes, classroom practices, EFL teaching, foreign language users, motivation, proficiency, well-being
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 13:06
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:53


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