Arab World English Journal: Special Issue: Application of Global ELT Practices in Saudi Arabia September 2019      Pp. 57-71
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/elt1.5

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Classroom Observation for Professional Development: Views of EFL Teachers and
Observers

 

Eman Alshehri
English Language Institute
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
ealshehri@kau.edu.sa

 

 

Abstract:
This study interviewed nine English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers and seven EFL observers to explore their perceptions towards classroom observation. Results showed nine main themes relating to two categories of classroom observation and post-observation feedback. The findings highlight the significance of both classroom observation and post-observation feedback as a positive influence on teaching practices. Teaching experience appears to be a key factor that influence participants’ views about classroom observation and post-observation feedback. In addition, the results reflect some limitations of classroom observation as a possible source of teachers’ negative emotions and the fact that it does not necessarily reflect everyday teaching practice. A comprehensive training programme for observers could enhance observers’ skills and contribute to enhancing the quality of observations, which will lead to a better experience for teachers.
Keywords: Classroom observation, EFL observers, EFL teachers, post-observation feedback, professional development

Cite as:  Alshehri, E. (2019). Classroom Observation for Professional Development: Views of EFL Teachers and Observers. Arab World English Journal, Special Issue 1: Application of Global ELT Practices in Saudi Arabia.57-71.   DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/elt1.5

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Eman Alshehri is an assistant professor of Applied Linguistics at the English Language Institute
(ELI), King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. She has experience of researching EFL teachers
and learners in the Saudi Arabian Higher Education context. She has conducted research about
the perceptions of teachers and learners in this context about motivational strategies and on the
use of L1 in the EFL classroom.
Orchid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0806-6728