Exploring the validity of a teacher language competency scale: A co-variance based approach

Adnan, M.A.M. and Mamat, A. and Mohamed, I.H.A. and Ibrahim, M.B. (2017) Exploring the validity of a teacher language competency scale: A co-variance based approach. In: International Conference on Language Learning and Teaching 2017, 21-22 October 2017, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Teacher language competency is recognized as an essential component of effective teaching. Teachers must be fluent in the four language modalities: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In Malaysia, Arabic language has been offered to learners earlier in their schooling, prompting a demand for more Arabic language teachers who are competent in Arabic language teaching. Thus, this study aims at investigating the level of teacher language competency as well as the validity and reliability of the instrument used in assessing teacher language competency. The current study applied a stratified random sampling because of the geographical reason and involved 252 teachers out of 487 teachers from 57 National Religious Secondary Schools throughout Malaysia. The means and percentages were used to interpret the level of teacher language competency. A Structural Equation Modeling with AMOS (Analysis of Moment Structures) was employed to investigate the validity and reliability of a teacher language competency scale. The descriptive analysis showed that teachers evaluated themselves at the high level. The results of confirmatory factor analysis supported the adequacy of teacher language competency and found that the teachers’ language competency construct is a multidimensional construct with four underlying dimensions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Conference Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teacher language competency; Confirmatory factor analysis; National Religious Secondary School; Co-variance based approach
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > PJ Semitic
Divisions: Academy of Islamic Studies
Depositing User: Mr. Mohd Safri
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2017 03:26
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2017 03:26
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/18229

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