Al-Maqtri and Ahmad
Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3 (2), pp. 072-079, April 2013
ISSN: 2276-7789 © 2011 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 022313491
The Qualities of the Good English Teacher as Perceived by Saudi and Yemeni College Students of English
*Al-Maqtri Mahmoud and Ahmad Thabet
Department of English, College of Sciences and Arts, King Khalid University, P.O.Box:101
Al-namas, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
*Corresponding Author’s E-mail: mmaktri @ yahoo.com
This paper is about a study on
the qualities of the good English teacher as perceived by
Saudi and Yemeni college students of English. The researcher
(teacher) selected the samples purposively from students of
English in both countries. He collected Data by asking the
students an open-ended question to list the qualities of the
good English teacher. The study tried to answer five
questions related to: 1) the general qualities of the good
English teacher, 2) qualities that are specific only to
English, 3) gender differences, 4) level of students’
differences, and finally 5) differences regarding contexts
(Saudi vs Yemeni). The researcher categorized the findings
categorized under four main groups: English proficiency,
pedagogical knowledge, socio-affective skills and
organization and communication. Though there was
disagreement among the groups for the priority of the four
categories, it was the socio-affective category which was
characteristic of all the different samples with
preponderance towards the Yemeni samples. Qualities under
the socio-affective category are that the good English
teacher is patient, relaxed, good tempered, fair, helpful,
encouraging, respectful, kind, loving and caring. It was
also found that there were eight qualities that were English
specific. No major differences regarding gender were found.
Differences related to level were also limited. There were
some differences between the Yemeni and Saudi samples. The
Saudis, for example, wanted more translation in class; they
wanted teacher to give simple tests and assignments and they
want him/her to give them chance to talk to him/her.
Keywords: Good, qualities, English, Teacher, Saudi, Yemeni.
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