Exploring Teacher Professional Development in English for Specific Purposes among Tertiary EFL Educators in Indonesia

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Volume 2 Issue 2

Year of Publication : 2024

Author : Adrianus Nabung


Citation :

Adrianus Nabung, 2024. "Exploring Teacher Professional Development in English for Specific Purposes among Tertiary EFL Educators in Indonesia" ESP-International Journal of English Literature and Linguistics Research (ESP- IJELLR)  Volume 2, Issue 2: 1-8.

Abstract :

The purpose of this research is to delve into the landscape of Professional Development (PD) opportunities in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) among tertiary English as a Foreign Language (EFL) educators in Indonesia. This study posits that robust ESP PD initiatives are pivotal in enhancing the pedagogical competencies and instructional practices of educators, thereby enriching the quality of ESP education. Employing a comparative survey methodology, this research scrutinized the experiences and perspectives of tertiary EFL instructors from two prominent universities in Indonesia. Data were meticulously gathered through a comprehensive questionnaire, meticulously crafted to elicit insights into educators' encounters with ESP PD and their perceptions regarding its efficacy on pedagogical approaches. The findings underscore the significant role of ESP PD in augmenting educators' proficiency and enhancing their pedagogical repertoire. There exists a discernible need for bespoke PD programs, precisely tailored to cater to the unique requirements and contexts of ESP practitioners in tertiary education settings. Customized PD initiatives have the potential to furnish tertiary EFL educators with a rich array of teaching materials and methodologies aligned with the exigencies of their professional milieu. For instance, ESP PD modules targeted at tertiary educators may encompass specialized content focusing on ESP pedagogical strategies tailored to higher education contexts. Thus, this study advocates for a strategic reimagining of ESP PD initiatives, emphasizing the imperative of customization to effectively meet the diverse needs and challenges faced by tertiary EFL educators in Indonesia. By fostering a symbiotic relationship between professional development and pedagogical practice, stakeholders can significantly elevate the quality of ESP instruction in tertiary education settings, ultimately fostering enhanced language learning outcomes.

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Keywords :

English for Specific Purposes, Professional Development, Tertiary EFL, Educators.