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ERIC Number: ED246664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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ESL Teacher Effectiveness as Measured by Student Performance on the English Language Proficiency Test.
Cochran, Judith; Mills, Carl
This study measured the usefulness of a competency-based language test to identify and measure the specific teaching competencies of English language teachers at the American University in Cairo. Since a major concern was to employ a methodology easily used in an ongoing program, an established program component, the English Language Proficiency Test, was used to measure student achievement, while the Instrument for Observing Teacher Activities, which could be used reliably among all classes, was used to measure teacher competency for correlational purposes. Thirty-one English language teachers in the Department of Public Service and their 333 students were the research sample. Statistical analysis of the correlations between the student and teacher measures revealed no significant relationship between nine indicators of teacher competency and high or low student achievement. Explanations may include too small a sample, bias introduced by selecting only high and low student averages for the sample, use of teacher competencies that are not relevant, and use of an inappropriate measure of student performance. It is also suggested that the best teachers may simply not "teach to test." Further research into the factors behind student success on proficiency tests as they relate to teacher competency is recommended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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