Quarterly Journal | Volume 14 Issue 1 | March 2012
Thematization in Romantic and Criminal Short Stories in English and Persian: Implications for Second Language Reading
Some teachers may believe that EFL/ESL students will be able to read and write in the target language if they focus on linguistic elements only, but other teachers who integrate short stories in the curricula have found out that stories add a new dimension to the teaching of reading.
In the Chinese EFL classroom, explicit teaching of vocabulary is the dominant paradigm. While there are pragmatic and cultural reasons behind this teaching practice, the techniques used by teachers to fulfill the vocabulary requirement in the syllabus and textbooks have never been studied.
Characteristics and Transformation of Native English Speaker Teachers’ Beliefs: A Study of U.S. English Teachers in China
Native English speaker (NES) teachers presumably play a unique role in developing English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) learnersâ€˜ oral competence. Teachersâ€˜ beliefs about what and how to teach and how students learn are assumed to strongly influence their teaching practices and studentsâ€˜ learning outcomes. Thus, it is worth exploring whether and to what extent NES teachers can develop their beliefs in the EFL context.
The Dynamic Nature of Learner Beliefs: The Relationship between Beliefs about EFL Learning and Proficiency in a Chinese Context
Notwithstanding a number of studies on L2 learner beliefs, there has been insufficient attention to how this individual difference (ID) variable is related to second language development. Also, there has been a call to adopt a dynamic approach to the role of individual difference variables in SLA, that is, conducting ID research in situational and cultural contexts (DoÌˆrnyei, 2009; Li, 2005).
Reluctance to Write Among Students in the Context of an Academic Writing Course in an Ethiopian University
This paper presents an investigation into reluctance to write among university students as observed in an academic writing course. Twenty university students and five of their instructors were involved in the study as research subjects and data generators.
This paper is motivated by the premise that not much is known about how English modal verbs are used to express politeness in Chinese English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) contexts. Specifically, this study examines and compares the use of modal verbs in email requests between two groups of Chinese EFL learners, namely English majors (EMs) and non-English majors (NEMs), in order to disclose the learnersâ€˜ English-proficiency factors for linguistic variation.
This study aims to find out the effect of Cooperative Directed Reading on the writing performance of ESL undergraduate students compared to Directed Reading without Cooperation and no treatment. A quasi-experimental research with the non-equivalent pretest-posttest control group design was used.
Integrating Input Enhancement and Processing Instruction in Promoting Acquisition of English Phrasal Verbs
This study discusses how visual input and textual enhancement, combined with processing instruction (VanPatten, 1996, 2004a, 2004b etc.), facilitates the learning of English phrasal verbs for Chinese learners of English. English phrasal verbs have long been a confusing structure for EFL/ESL learners, partly because of their random combination of verb and particle, but also because of their manifestation of polysemy