‘Evaluation of Iranian TEFL M.A. Program in Terms of Compatibility with Common Standards: Teachers’ Perspectives’ by Neda Taheri & Gholamreza Abbasian

Abstract

The main purpose of this study was to evaluate the alignment of Iranian TEFL Master of Arts Program with standards of a conventional educational program from the teachers’ perspectives, and the extent to which their expectations are met. To this purpose, two separate and validated questionnaires one addressing the Program compatibility with common standards along with a number of open-ended questions and the other measuring the Program and its Course features were used. The data were collected from four universities in Tehran, in which the program is still implemented. Quantitative data analyses primarily based on frequency and chi-square analyses revealed that the educational Program is mainly aligned with the determined standards and it meets the teachers’ needs in a sense that the participants positively evaluated both macro dimensions.  However, based on the qualitative data analyses, a number of insightful points were explored suggesting 1) inclusion of Teaching English for Children and Adults Courses, 2) revising Advanced Writing Course, 3) removal of  Contrastive Linguistics/  Error Analysis and Sociolinguistics courses, 4) inclusion of internet technology, 5)  modifying the manner courses are practically rendered, 6) evaluating the learners’ through the teachers’ comments, 7) hiring good quality teachers, and 8) focussing on research-based education.

Index Terms: program evaluation, TEFL program, program standards.

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