"Exploring Students' and Teachers' Perceptions on Characteristics of Best EFL Teachers: Bedessa Secondary and Preparatory School (Grades 11 and 12 in Focus)"

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Addis Ababa Universiy


This paper presents a research finding that aimed to explore the perceptions held by students and teachers about the characteristics of best EFL teachers and to compare the perceptions held by the two groups on the characteristics of best English language teachers in Bedessa town (Western Hararghe Zone). In this study, 3S preparatory students and 20 English language teachers were involved. The data were collected through a fi vepoint rating scale questionnaire consisting of three categories of effective teaching: English proficiency, pedagogical knowledge and socio-affective ski lls (personal attributes). Overall, the students perceived significantly different characteristics from the teachers in all the three categories with the students' high ranking to pedagogical knowledge and the teachers' high ranking to English proficiency. Both students and teachers believed that a best English teacher should read, write and speak English well, prepare the lesson well, be able to explain things well, use lesson plans properly, provide interesting activities, arouse students' motivation for learning English, build students' self-confidence in order to learn English well, and positive attitudc, bc punctual, encourage students to achieve better, and be helpful to students in and outside the classroom.



Bedessa Secondary and Preparatory School (Grades 11 and 12 in Focus)"