Teacher Professional Development and Student Learning Experience: An Example from a Taiwanese EFL School Context

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This yearlong qualitative study provided evidence regarding English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers' professional development in a Taiwanese elementary school with specific teaching culture, which in turn influenced EFL classroom instruction and students' learning experience in this context. Employing multiple stakeholders and multiple data collection methods, this study depicted that most teachers in this school context perceived little collegial interaction/collaboration, learning opportunities, and parent involvement concerning their instructional practices. Nor did they perceive an explicit teacher evaluation system. Within such a school teaching culture, most EFL teachers were uncertain about their instructional practices and felt perplexed at following the communication-oriented curriculum guidelines promoted by the Taiwanese government. Instead, they tended to focus English teaching on translation and recitation. Seemingly, keeping pace with the tight curriculum schedule was the priority in these EFL teachers' classroom instruction. Learning in this school environment, most participating students expressed their difficulties keeping up with teachers' instructional contents and further showed their limited interest in learning English at school. The findings of this study rendered meanings and lessons for education policy makers to pay more attention to how a school teaching culture would feature in teacher professional development and student learning experience.


Keywords: School Teaching Culture, Teacher Professional Development, EFL Teaching and Learning
Stream: Teacher Training and Professional Development
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , , , , Exploring the Impact of EFL Teacher Professional Development on Student Learning Experience in Context


Dr. Mei-Hui Liu

Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Tunghai University
Taichung, Taiwan

Mei-hui Liu is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Tunghai University, Taiwan. She has an experience in teaching courses such as second language acquisition, language testing and assessment, English teaching methodology, oral training, and freshman English. Her research interests cover TESOL instruction, EFL teachers' beliefs and practices, teaching and learning environment cultures, and English teacher education.

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