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ERIC Number: EJ783162
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0889-4906
English for Teachers of EFL--Toward a Holistic Description
Sesek, Urska
English for Specific Purposes, v26 n4 p411-425 2007
Target language competence of EFL teachers is an important aspect of EFL teaching and teacher expertise, and a case of ESP which is often not acknowledged as such. This paper presents a target language needs analysis for EFL teachers, carried out in Slovenia between 2003 and 2005. A survey of the literature shows that such studies are rare, even though there are reports from several countries of EFL teachers' insufficient target language competence. The study presented used the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages as a model for describing the language needs of EFL teachers in and outside of their classrooms. A series of 11 interviews, 48 classroom observations, 3 case studies and 93 reports from novice teachers yielded a list of language activities and competences that EFL teachers in Slovenia specifically need to develop. The study also sheds light on the question of how target language needs differ according to the level and context of teaching. The results are of value to all those involved in developing and redesigning EFL teacher training programs, particularly their language training component, in the countries where English is taught as a foreign language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Slovenia