TESOL (the teaching of English to speakers of other languages) institutions, although inherently educational in character, are essentially service operations. Commercial success may depend on the word‐of‐mouth recommendations of satisfied clients. This study used focus group methodology to explore TESOL client expectations and perceptions of the service they received in New Zealand English language schools and thus to identify major determinants of client satisfaction with the service. The findings appear to confirm the key service role of the ESOL teacher in the minds of TESOL clients, not only as a classroom professional but also as a coach, counsellor and mentor. Other significant factors influencing client satisfaction included the nature of the English language school milieu and the homestay, as well as the quality of client feedback systems, service‐scape, and language school communication with the client. Tentative recommendations are offered for TESOL managers.
Walker, J. (2001), "Client views of TESOL service: expectations and perceptions", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 187-196. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513540110394438Download as .RIS
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