International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Student Voice Contribution in Determining the ‘Effective English Language Teacher’: A Collective Case Study as a Concept Paper
Corinne Vong Siu Phern, Dr. Mohamad Jafre Zainol Abidin

Instructional and personal qualities of the ‘effective English language teacher’ expounded by English language experts still surprisingly produced average English language proficiency in a majority of Malaysian students, instead of the targeted excellent. Therefore, this concept paper aimed to find out the extent to which student voice: agreed with expert opinion in its description of both the instructional qualities and personal qualities of the ‘effective English language teacher,’ tallied with expert opinion when suggesting how the English language teacher/lecturer could have been a more ‘effective’ teacher/lecturer, as well as through its student psychology sanctioned expert opinion on the developmental psychology of children, adolescents and of adults, in its description of how it deemed the English language teacher/lecturer ‘effective.’ In short, student voice in this concept paper is invaluable as an add-on to the current store of expert knowledge of what it takes to be a truly ‘effective English language teacher.’

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