Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 8(12A), pp. 7561 - 7566
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.082541
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Integration of 21st Century Learning Skills and Teacher Characteristics in ESL Classrooms: The Case of Malaysia


Goh Hock Seng 1, Maizatulliza Muhamad 1,*, Richard Kiely 2
1 English Language and Literature Department, Faculty of Languages and Communication, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia
2 Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton

ABSTRACT

One of the main foci when discussing 21st century learning skills (CLS) in English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms, is ensuring effective integration of its construct during the teaching and learning process. Certainly, ESL teachers play important roles in achieving the desired results. In a way, teachers are expected to possess several characteristics which are needed in ensuring successful integration of 21st CLS in the ESL classrooms. This research examined the extent to which the teachers in the Malaysian ESL context integrate 21st CLS in their classrooms and to investigate their perceptions of their characteristics with regards to 21st CLS. Data were collected from 291 ESL teachers using a questionnaire which focuses on the integration of 21st CLS as well as on the teachers' self-rating related to 21st CLS teacher characteristics. The results suggest a satisfactory level of integration of 21st CLS in the Malaysian ESL classrooms and the teachers generally viewed themselves as reflecting the needed characteristics of 21st century teachers. Even though the findings indicate positive results, efforts need to be increased to ensure more consistent integration of 21st CLS during English lessons.

KEYWORDS
21st Century Learning Skills, ESL, Integration of 21st Century Learning Skills, Teacher Characteristics

Cite This Paper in IEEE or APA Citation Styles
(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Goh Hock Seng , Maizatulliza Muhamad , Richard Kiely , "Integration of 21st Century Learning Skills and Teacher Characteristics in ESL Classrooms: The Case of Malaysia," Universal Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 8, No. 12A, pp. 7561 - 7566, 2020. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.082541.

(b). APA Format:
Goh Hock Seng , Maizatulliza Muhamad , Richard Kiely (2020). Integration of 21st Century Learning Skills and Teacher Characteristics in ESL Classrooms: The Case of Malaysia. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 8(12A), 7561 - 7566. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.082541.