Teaching Articles | Volume 40 | November 2009
From outside in: from inside out; studentâ€™s expectations and perceptions of culturally different teaching styles
Significant curriculum reform has been undertaken in Hong Kong for over a decade. There has been substantial education initiatives designed to enhance Hong Kong studentsâ€™ English proficiency. The most prominent initiative has been the introduction of the Native English Teacher (NET) Scheme.
Despite their apparent straightforwardness, certain features of language seem almost less teachable. The learnersâ€™ writing is often full of minor errors on surface features that make it hard for the reader to make sense of it, let alone appreciate its content.
â€œDrill, baby, drillâ€: Exploring a Neurobiological Basis for the Teaching of Segmentals in the ESL/EFL Classroom
Segmentals are the individual sounds of a language that can be broken down and focused on for instruction. Problems with segmentals can cause miscommunication, embarrassment, and affect confidence and motivation. Although teaching pronunciation and thus segmentals have been suggested to be a crucial element of second language curriculum…
Professional learning communities (PLCs) have been advocated as a means of restructuring schools to maximize learning in the public education systems of the United States and Canada. This article will discuss the relevance of PLCs within the TEFL community.
This study attempted to examine the extent to which students in the Department of Applied English in one selected university learn to sustain their English writing by using wordless picture books, and the effectiveness of using wordless picture books in terms of studentsâ€™ English language learning.
Recently, the concept of identity construction has been the focus of research in the field of composition and TESOL. Second language (L2) learners have to negotiate their identities in their social milieus. For this purpose, autoethnography is a valuable task for L2 learners as it allows them to explore their cultural background and identities.
What Item Response Theory (IRT) Can Reveal to Usï¼š An Analysis of a Twenty-Item Vocabulary and Structure Test
A language test serves two basic functions: 1) it tries to measure the true language ability of a student; 2) it aims to evaluate classroom teaching. Based on the results of an English test given to one class at a high school, this paper aims to answer two questions…
This study was implemented in order to investigate the effects of a learner training programme on learnersâ€™ motivation in learning English. The study, which adopted the pre-experimental study design, was carried out with 30 participants studying in Compulsory and Voluntary English Preparatory Programme at Ã‡anakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey in 2005-2006 academic year.
In acknowledging the recently expressed need of some EFL teachers by Zappa-Hollman (2007), for more effective teaching methodologies and better materials for large classes, at all grade levels with mixed language level abilities, this paper offers teachers a quick, inexpensive, and highly effective speaking-interaction method, called â€œTrain Tracks.â€
Inviting, including, and increasing student voice could transform and energize our activities, curricula, methods, and governance in English language teaching (ELT), and could engender a self-fulfilling prophecy of increased learning, student agency, and community consciousness.