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The quality and the level of excellence in education depend upon the quality and competence of teachers. Effective teachers are those who are able to incorporate their personal and professional characteristics into the classroom. From this perspective, this study aims at gathering prep school instructors’ perceptions of effective teacher characteristics and enabling the educators to create more effective learning situations by asking the general question, “What do preparatory class instructors believe to be important characteristics of an effective teacher?”. Additionally, this study tries to discover whether these perceptions differ according to instructors’ gender. In order to investigate this question, the researcher uses an open-ended question “What are the characteristics of an effective teacher?” and tries to elicit perceptions and notions on the most important characteristics of a good teacher by asking the instructors to write ten answers regarding this question. The participants of this study are 23 male 27 female English language instructors teaching in School of Foreign Languages at a university. The study reveals that interpersonal skills are the most important characteristics of effective teachers for instructors. Pedagogical and personal skills follow these and technical knowledge comes the last. Additionally, there are some gender differences in terms of the ranking of the categories and the items within the categories.
Effective teacher, effective teachers’ characteristics, effective teaching, teacher competency.