AWEJ Volume.4 Number.1, 2013                                                                                   pp. 42 – 47

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Self-reflections of an English language teacher in the Palestinian Territories

Michael John Fennell
Arab American University
Jenin, Palestine

Abstract

This paper examines through self-reflection the characteristics of what makes a good English language teacher. Through the application of defining principles and questions of communicative language teaching, the author reflects on his perceived failure to meet the needs of his students.  However, he concludes that the demarcations imposed by the conditions of living and working within the Palestinian Territories, circumscribe what is and what is not possible, and therefore his self-addressed label of ‘failure’ is not warranted.

Keywords: Teaching   Higher Education   Political demarcation

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Michael Fennell gained his PhD from the Institute of Education, University of London. With
his thesis on the construction of the teacher-self, he has long been interested in teachers‟ lives.
For the past five years he has been working at the Arab American University Jenin, Palestine as
Assistant Professor (TEFL) and Practicum Supervisor.