Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume7.  Number 3.  September , 2016                                 Pp. 259-271
DOI:https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol7no3.19

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Exploring the School Improvement Specialist Coaches’ Experience in Coaching English
Language Teachers
 

Ahmad Syahiran Mohamad
Centre of English Language Studies, Faculty of Languages and Communication
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, 21300 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu

Radzuwan Ab Rashid
Centre of English Language Studies, Faculty of Languages and Communication
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, 21300 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu

Kamariah Yunus
Centre of English Language Studies, Faculty of Languages and Communication
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, 21300 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu 

Safawati Basirah Zaid
Centre of English Language Studies, Faculty of Languages and Communication
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, 21300 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia

 

Abstract:
Having School Improvement Specialist Coach to support English language teachers is one of the most recent efforts taken by Malaysian government to improve the standard of English in the country. This paper aims to provide insights into the coaching process as perceived by the coaches. In-depth semi-structured interviews were carried out with two coaches where they were asked to share their coaching experience. Specifically, this paper addresses the coaches’ perceptions on the professional and personal qualities required in order to be a good coach; their challenging and successful experiences; and their overall views of the effectiveness of the coaching programme. Data analysis reveals that coaching, as part of a professional development programme, is perceived by the coaches to have a significant impact on the enhancement of overall teaching practices. This paper offers valuable insights into the coaching process which are hoped to be beneficial to SISC+, teachers and other stakeholders in education sector.
Keywords: Coach, English language teachers, Malaysia; SISC+, teacher professional development

Cite as : Mohamad, A. S., Ab Rashid,R., Yunus, K.,& Zaid, S.B(2016) Exploring the School Improvement Specialist Coaches’ Experience in Coaching English Language Teachers. Arab World English Journal, 7 (3). DOI:https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol7no3.19

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Ahmad Syahiran Mohamad is currently pursuing his MA in English Language Studies at
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia. His MA research project which focuses on the teacher
coaching is supervised by Dr Radzuwan Ab Rashid.