Date of Award

12-2019

Culminating Project Type

Thesis

Degree Name

English: Teaching English as a Second Language: M.A.

Department

English

College

College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Choonkyong Kim

Second Advisor

James Robinson

Third Advisor

Micheal Dando

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

SIOP, teacher effectiveness, efficacy, international, perceptions

Abstract

Understanding the effect that educational preparation has on American international teachers’ perception of their effectiveness on delivering curriculum to EFL students abroad has not been robustly investigated. As a result, this master’s thesis and correlating mixed methods research study will attempt to better understand this phenomenon by having current international American teachers answer two questionnaires to bring to light their perceptions on teacher effectiveness when looking at three categories based on the SIOP model. Teachers will answer one questionnaire about their demographics and another including reflective features about how teachers feel they use EFL strategies from the SIOP model in their classroom. These two questionnaires will be crossed examined to see what variables from the demographic questionnaire effect the perceptions teachers have on their effectiveness. Furthermore, it will investigate what strategies in general teachers are using to support students that are learning English as a foreign language. One of the major findings from this study was that positive motivations and willingness to learn allowed for a higher perception of teacher effectiveness.

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