PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS’ SENSE OF EFFICACY IN TEACHING ENGLISH: A STUDY AT UiTM SHAH ALAM
Keywords:Teacher efficacy, English language proficiency, Pre-service teachers, Teacher education programmes
The purpose of this research study was to explore the sense of teaching efficacy in teaching English, perceived English language proficiency, and academic achievement among pre-service teachers of UiTM students. Descriptive correlational research design was employed in this study to examine and describe teaching efficacy in teaching English by investigating their perceptions on their level of confidence in carrying out specific teaching tasks in the English language classroom. The data was collected through the survey method using questionnaires as the main type of instrument. 30 pre-service English teachers (7 males and 23 females) participated in the study. Results showed that pre-service teachers’ level of teaching efficacy in teaching English is at the moderate level. In addition, it was found that they are more efficacious in classroom management compared to instructional strategies, student, engagement, and oral English language use. The pre-service teachers perceive their English language proficiency to be moderately high. It was also discovered that sense of efficacy in teaching English is positively correlated with perceived English language proficiency. However, no significant correlation was found between sense of efficacy in teaching English and their academic achievement. Some important implications have been brought forward from this study for teacher training development.