Fauris Zuhri, Slamet Setiawan, Syafi'ul Anam


This study aims to explain the development of English language teachers’ interpersonal skills in an in-service teacher professional program at one of the universities in Surabaya through lecturing/tutorials, seminars/workshops, and English instruction practices. Experienced English teachers need interpersonal skills to develop interactive communication with learners. Studies of interpersonal skills discussed pedagogical competence. This study focuses on interpersonal skills in pedagogical and professional competencies. However, this study focuses on developing English language teachers’ interpersonal skills in innovative English instruction development and practices in class. So, this study implements the qualitative method to find out the development of English language teachers’ interpersonal skills in innovative English instruction development and practices in class. The participants are English teachers in an in-service teacher professional program, investigated using an online observation to describe the development of English language teachers’ interpersonal skills at innovative English instruction practices. The results show that developing English language teachers’ interpersonal skills, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creation (Griffin, 2012) can increase students’ academic engagement to achieve innovative English instruction purposes. Therefore, developing English teachers' capacity, capability, and innovative instructional practices can increase teachers to have appropriate and better knowledge, skills, and character so they become professional English teachers.   Finally, the conclusion is that developing English language teachers’ interpersonal skills can increase students’ academic engagement to achieve innovative English instruction purposes.


academic engagement; Indonesian students; innovative English instruction purposes; interpersonal skills

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