What makes a successful EFL teacher in China? A case study of an English language teacher at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine

Zhi Huang

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Abstract

This paper investigates the traits of a successful EFL teacher at a Chinese University by collecting qualitative data, including surveys with questionnaires and interviews, from Miss H and a group of her students and her colleagues. The purpose is to detect what special qualities she has and what other roles she undertakes in her teaching position. The data indicate that to fulfil her role as both a teacher and a “tour guide”, Miss H has the qualities of being knowledgeable, responsible, enthusiastic, patient and kind. She also has a strong ability to utilise her teaching methods in accordance with what her students need and to train them to learn in a communicative and independent way. She serves as both a friend to her students, giving them support and helping them with learning, and as a coordinator among her colleagues, encouraging professional development and cooperative teamwork.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-28
Number of pages9
JournalEnglish language teaching
Volume3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • English language teaching
  • English as a foreign language
  • teacher quality
  • case study
  • qualitative data analysis

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