Researching professional EFL lecturers in the industry 4.0: A curriculum perspective

Habiburrahim Habiburrahim, Saiful Akmal, Ika Kana Trisnawati, Suryanto Suryanto, Maira Mustiranda, Safrul Muluk

Abstract


The issue of professional EFL lecturers in the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0) era has received considerable attention. However, very few studies on this subject have been conducted in Indonesia, particularly at State Islamic Universities. To address this gap, researchers conducted a qualitative study in which we examine how EFL lecturers maintain their professionalism in the IR 4.0 era and the curriculum approach that best meets current teaching and learning needs. The researchers applied a purposive sampling approach in selecting the participants for this study. Eleven EFL lecturers from a state Islamic university in Banda Aceh, Indonesia were chosen to participate in this study. The findings of this study indicate that EFL lecturers must continue to learn and improve their digital and technological competency in order to maintain their professionalism. In terms of curriculum approach, EFL lecturers believe that taking an interdisciplinary approach and providing more opportunities for students to focus on applied skills are essential parts of their teaching professionalism in the IR 4.0 era.


Keywords


Professional Lecturers, EFL Lecturers, Industry Revolution 4.0, Curriculum Development, Islamic Higher Education

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