The influence of teacher-student relationships on English teaching effectiveness: Perceptions of students in a Chinese university.

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Master Thesis

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This thesis examines the important influence of teacher-student relationship on English as a Foreign Language (EFL) from the perspective of Chinese university students. Through questionnaire survey and follow-up interviews among Chinese university EFL students, this mixed method study found strong ties between teacher-student relationship and EFL teaching effectiveness. Based on the findings of this study, I also outline eight qualities that an effective EFL teacher should possess, which can function not only as a guideline for EFL teachers in Chinese universities to follow, and one way to understand Chinese university students as well. The findings from this study suggest it necessary that EFL teachers in Chinese universities should involve their students into the teaching and learning process and improve their teaching in response to students' needs. This study also suggests that Chinese universities should establish a teacher-development system where EFL teachers improve their teaching methodology and exchange information. Chinese students could develop comprehensive English knowledge to meet the challenges of a changing global society. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2005 .G35. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1116. Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.