Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 7. July 2021                       Pp.299- 313
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call7.21

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English Trainee Teachers’ Perspective on Soft Skills Development in Ukraine 

Hanna Kniaz
Department of Practice of Oral and Written English
Faculty of Foreign Philology
H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Correspoding Author:  knyazanna25@gmail.com

Olena Chukhno
Department of English Phonetics and Grammar
Faculty of Foreign Philology
H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Received: 3/30/2021               Accepted: 7/14/2021               Published: 7/26/2021

 Abstract:
The integration of soft skills in training pre-service teachers ensures higher academic performance and provides them with better career opportunities. However, many university teachers pay insufficient attention to developing soft skills in higher education. The article aims to investigate the correlation between the soft skills included in professional teacher training and undergraduates’ viewpoint on soft skills development at university. The authors formulated three research questions: (a) How do English trainee teachers assess their soft skills? (b) How much attention, in students’ opinion, do teachers pay to developing soft skills? (c) Is there a gap between teachers’ work on developing students’ soft skills and trainee teachers’ expectations? To answer these questions, the researchers analized the empirical data received through a questionnaire. The questionnaire was completed by 153 English trainee teachers studying at H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine. The respondents answered two close-ended questions regarding the level of soft skills they believe to possess and the amount of time devoted to soft skills development. The findings suggest that most students consider the level of their soft skills intermediate or high. Nevertheless, a significant number of the respondents still feel that teachers pay insufficient or hardly any attention to improving these skills. It is necessary to conduct further research to analyze university teachers’ viewpoint on improving students’ soft skills and organize the development of soft skills which would meet trainee teachers’ expectations.
Keywords: English trainee teachers, higher education, professional teacher training, soft skills 

Cite as:  Kniaz, H., & Chukhno, O.  (2021). English Trainee Teachers’ Perspective on Soft Skills Development in Ukraine. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (7). 299- 313.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call7.21

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Hanna Kniaz is an Associate Professor at the Department of  Practice of Oral and Written English in H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University. She received her PhD in Philology from H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine. Her research interests include: Methods of Teaching English, Literary Studies. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2485-5367

Olena Chukhno is an Associate Professor at the Department of English Phonetics and Grammar in H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine. She received her PhD in Pedagogy from Kyiv National Linguistic University, Ukraine. Her research interests include: Methods of Teaching English, English Phonetics. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9601-3321