Document Type : Research Paper

Authors

1 Trabzon University, Department of Translation and Interpretation, Trabzon, Turkiye

2 Fatih Education Faculty, Trabzon University, Trabzon,Turkey.

Abstract

Due to the global threat of covid-19, modifications in education have been made and the implementation of online education was underway. Foreign language teachers and learners have been most affected by this new training system. On this basis, this study aims to assess pre-service English language teachers' attitudes toward distance education and their perceptions of professional competence, which will provide insights and directions for future online teaching implementations. 42 teacher candidates, 27 females, and 15 males participated in the study. Participants were from the English Language Teaching Department of a university situated in the black sea region in Turkey. Two different scales were used to measure the participants' distance education attitudes and professional competence perceptions. The first is the distance education attitude scale developed by Kışla (2005), while the second is the Ohio State sense of efficacy scale prepared by Tschannen-Moran and Hoy (2001). The data obtained from the questionnaires were analyzed using the SPSS program. According to the findings, the pre-service English teachers' views toward distance education and e-learning were negative, and their opinions of their professional competence were at a moderate level. Based on the results of the study, it is concluded that their negative feelings toward distance education result from the fact that the majority of English language teachers lack the knowledge and abilities essential to conduct online lessons. Therefore, it is suggested that practical approaches regarding online instruction should be introduced into teacher training programs and that current instructors should get in-service training on online education.

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