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Exploring the Relationships Among Teacher Confidence, Learning, and Test Performance Within the English-for-Teaching Course TEFT ESL

Gu, Lin; Papageorgiou, Spiros
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ETS Research Report
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Teacher Performance, ELTeach, Test of English for Teaching (TEFT), Test Performance, Self-Confidence, English as a Second Language (ESL), Teacher Education


Within the English-for-Teaching course, there are three interrelated components: a precourse planner that asks teachers to rate their confidence in using English to teach English, a learning course that teaches the type of English needed to carry out essential classroom activities in English, and the TEFT assessment, which is developed based on the same framework as the learning course. Using data collected during the pilot administration of the ELTeach program in 2012, this study examines the relationship between self-reported confidence level and engagement with the learning course, and the relationship between self-reported confidence level and performance on the TEFT assessment. The findings suggested how users with different confidence levels might make use of the learning materials and how they might score on the TEFT assessment.

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