Teaching Articles | Volume 56 | November 2011
The Correlation between the Mastery of Sentence Stress, Grammar, and the Oral Presentation of Medical Records in English by Ngudi Waluyo Nursing Academy Students, Ungaran-Central Java, Indonesia
Nurses should speak English well while they care for patients and when they communicate with other people. The objective of this research is to examine the correlation between the mastery of sentence stress and grammar and the oral presentation of medical records in English by nursing students. The total number of student subjects was 46. The students were given a grammar and reading aloud test for gathering data.
Learning English as an L2 in Japan is usually reserved for the able-bodied with an above average motivation level. One deaf Japanese freshman student and her lecturers challenged this norm to allow the student to become part of the inclusive society (Kellet Bidoli, Ochse, & Bern, 2008) by using unique input techniques including weekly lip-reading sessions, that improved not only the studentâ€™s English communicative competence, but also allowed her to sit TOEIC and TOEFL tests and participate in a foreign exchange program.
This paper contends that second-language pedagogy needs to conceive of its own set of descriptors for linguistic intuition in a way that makes practical and universal sense for language teachers. It suggests that second-language pedagogy is yet to grasp the role of linguistic intuition in language teaching because no means have been put forward to identify and capture the nature of it. In order to conceive of reference points for an idealization of linguistic intuition, three alternative perspectives are reviewed.
Views and Experiences of English Language Education for Young Learners in South Korea: Has Korea government achieved its goal in introducing English language to public primary school?
This paper explored parents’ views on English language education in South Korea, and how parents and children experience public and private English language sectors. The aim of my research was to find out how government achieved its aims for introducing English language in primary school in South Korea. The participants in the research included 40 parents and three child-parent dyads. The data for the study was generated using questionnaires and interviews. The questionnaire and interview data was explored through content analysis leading to the identification of common views and themes. The findings of my study reveal that parents and children all viewed the English language as an important global phenomenon, and they acknowledged that English language education at the primary level is inevitable in a globalised world. In terms of sectors, the private sector seems to be better at satisfying parents’ aspirations for their children.
Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) has become a most fashionable pedagogical approach among foreign language teachers in the past few years. But how effective is it? How do we know it works? Can we compare and benchmark it against other classroom techniques and activities? This article will explore how we can evaluate TBLT as opposed to other classroom techniques and activities. In particular it will examine evidence and will draw attention to the fact that TBLTâ€™s effectiveness as a teaching methodology is not supported by hard data. It will introduce and examine an approach to teaching that was pioneered in primary, secondary and medical schools in the UK and US called â€˜Evidence-Based Teachingâ€™ (EBT) and will make a case for adopting an evidence-based outlook in second language teaching.
Japan continues to rank low in English proficiency tests specially in the academic field. Dental English, also offered as Medical English in some dental schools, is an English course specializing in medical and dental terminologies, dental practice and the development of communication skills and it was introduced into the Japanese dental curriculum in the 1990â€™s.
Intercultural communication presents many challenges, one of which refers to the need to create awareness about the importance of understanding speech acts crossculturally. â€œA speech act is an utterance that performs a locutionary and an illocutionary meaning in communication. For example, â€˜I like your dressâ€™ is a speech act concerning a proposition about a personâ€™s dress with the illocutionary force of a complimentâ€ (Ellis, 1994, p.724).
This paper shows how the use of some language resources can unravel to the reader the world view of the persona or the writer in a literary work. Drawing on Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG), it attempts to make transitivity framework accessible to teachers of English as a second language (ESL). It aims to raise oneâ€Ÿs awareness on the confluence of language structures in a prose written in the stream of consciousness (SOC) technique.
Reading fluency development has played a critical role in English L1 settings for the last 30 years, yet despite its success it has attracted limited attention in L2 and foreign language contexts, presumably because it is thought to grow naturally as other reading skills develop. Therefore, many L2 teachers give little, if any, recognition to reading fluency development as an essential curriculum goal.
The purpose of this study has been to create a list of childrenâ€Ÿs everyday vocabulary in English which will provide a foundation for daily life vocabulary for Japanese elementary school students and which will complement and augment existing English vocabulary currently taught in Japanese junior and senior high schools. Vocabulary words were taken from the CHILDES spoken corpus and picture dictionaries, and were ranked statistically with an outstanding-ness score based on a log likelihood keyword analysis and a selection probability score based on an adapted form of range.