Thesis | December 2011
An examination into the extent that cultural factors cause role confusion between ALTs and JTEs in the Japanese English classroom
This dissertation examines the extent to which cultural/societal factors contribute to role confusion between Assistant language teachers (ALTs) and Japanese English teachers (JTE) in team taught English lessons. ALTs have been a part of the Japanese English classroom since the establishment of the JET programme in 1987. However, there is still very little consensus amongst ALTs and JTEs as to what their role is and no clearly defined job description.
Textbook Evaluation : A Framework for Evaluating the Fitness of the Hong Kong New Secondary School (NSS) Curriculum
It has been widely accepted that a textbook is an essential component of the EFL classroom. Evaluation of textbooks, therefore, is of utmost importance so that its pedagogical contribution to the teaching and learning process can be assured. In the context of ELT in Hong Kong, textbook evaluation is even more of an important issue given the recent implementation of the New Senior Secondary Curriculum (NSS). Can the newly written NSS textbooks help teachers deliver the new curriculum objectives?
This study investigates an important area of English language teaching and learning. It examines the present situation of teaching reading skills of English, the problems students encounter during reading an English text and the learnersâ€™ proficiency level of reading skills when they are at the H.S.C level in Bangladesh. It also examines the reading syllabus and reading materials used at the intermediate level.
A Study of Language Typology and Comparative Semantics: Human Locomotion Verbs in English and Chinese
The present research sits itself within the intersection of Language Typology and Comparative Semantics, aiming to shed light on the comparison between English and Chinese typologically on one hand, and contribute to the study of Comparative Semantics in human locomotion verbs on the other.
Using Oral and Written Feedback to Improve Student Writing: An Investigation from Cambodian University Studentsâ€™ Perspectives
This study examines the perceptions about the effectiveness of oral (OF) and written (WF) feedback on the writing of thirty-seven Cambodian English-major students at the National University of Management (NUM). Questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, and student paragraphs were used to collect data from the OF group (N=19) and the WF group (N=18) before and after the two-month treatment.
An Investigation into the Use of a Blog as a Tool to Improve Writing in the Second Language Classroom
Several research studies concur that the use of a blog can positively enhance writing skills. Research has confirmed positive uses of the blog which include writing for an audience and peer review, the development of a studentâ€™s analytical skills and the development of a sense of community in a class through a collaborative learning environment.
The Effect of Task-Based Language Teaching on Developing Speaking Skills among the Palestinian Secondary EFL Students in Israel and Their Attitudes towards English
Tareq, Mitib Murad. (2009). The Effect of Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) on Developing Speaking Skills among the Palestinian Secondary EFL Students in Israel and Their Attitudes towards English. Ph.D. Dissertation, Yarmouk University. (Supervisor: Professor Oqlah Smadi).
This objective of this study was to investigate the effect of a task-based language teaching program on developing the speaking skills of Palestinian secondary students and their attitudes towards English. The students were in the eleventh grade (second secondary grade) during a period of three months in which this study was conducted (JanuaryMarch) of the academic year 2008/2009.
This paper documents the development and preliminary implementation of a functional-lexicogrammatical (FL) syllabus, and reports on an experiment conducted to test its effectiveness for increasing student awareness of lexicogrammatical (LG) patterns and grammatical word order. Following a communicative, social-semiotic view of language, and attempting to fill…
Collocation and textual cohesion: A comparative corpus study between a genre of Written Sports Reports and a large reference corpus
One of the most problematic areas for foreign language learning is collocation. It is often seen as arbitrary and overwhelming, a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to the attainment of nativelike fluency. The following study takes an approach suggested by recent corpus research by investigating the functional role of collocation for cohesion within a genre-specific corpus of written sports reports (WSR).
Code Mixing Constraints: from Grammatical to Minimalist Framework : A Study in Kashmiri-English Mixed Code
The research in the last half of the twentieth century has advanced the field of language contact and the associated language contact phenomena to a greater extent. The field of language contact has emerged as an important area of research not only in the domain of historical and sociolinguistics but also in other fields like phonology, morphology and syntax.