Thesis | December 2012
Exploring the use of First language in ‘English Focus’ EFL Classrooms: Focus on Jimma Teachers’ College
There has been an age old debate on whether to use the students‟ first language in a foreign language classroom or not among teachers and educators (Brown, 2000). L1 opponents argue against its use because they believe that it reduces learners‟ L2 exposure while those in favor of it claim that judicious use of L1 facilitates L2 learning.
A Comparative Study of the Impact of Oral Conferencing and Consciousness-raising Instruction on Iranian EFL Learners’ Writing Performance
The present study was an attempt to investigate the effect of written corrective feedback provided through oral conferencing with that of instruction in writing given through consciousness-raising tasks on the writing performance of 61 Iranian intermediate-level EFL learners studying at Kish Institute of Science and Technology.
A Conversation Analysis Approach To Interaction Within an English as a Foreign Language EFL Class Information Gap Task
This research applies conversation analysis (CA) to interaction within an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) class information gap task. The research aims to investigate, firstly, how repair sequences and other side sequences and their subsequent discourse within the task do or do not present opportunity for learning; secondly, how members of the classroom orient to specific roles and identities …
Analysing the English communication needs and difficulties of Journalism undergraduates in Hong Kong
This research investigates the English communication needs and difficulties of Journalism undergraduates in Hong Kong. Journalism students learn how to conduct interviews and write news stories in English on their degree courses, which shows their communication needs in English;
A small-scale exploration of introducing a pragmatic-focused pedagogical model for some adult Japanese learners of English as a common language
The need to conduct research in specific local contexts in constructing an apt pedagogical model(s) with relevant theoretical rationale in current intercultural communication has been called for. In response to the need, this qualitative action research introduces a pedagogical model tailored for specific adult Japanese learners of English as a linguafranca (ELF) and examines its effects.
An Action Research-Based Report Addressing Lexical Item Listing in the Sixth Grade Korean EFL Curriculum
This paper is a report which follows an action research paradigmatic approach where I address an issue with lexical item presentation that I perceived in the Korean elementary EFL context having been a native- English speaking teacher or NEST from August 2007 to August 2011.
The Use Of Information And CommunicationTechnology ICT In The EFL Classroom As A Tool To Promote L2 English Among Non-Native Pre-Service English Teachers
With the rapidly increasing popularity of the internet in recent years, the diversity of learning programs continue to shift and change according to the demands of society. Nevertheless, since the development of communicative skills, language learning requires social interaction between the teacher and the students and among the students themselves…
Teaching English to Young Learners in Taiwan: Issues Relating to Teaching, Teacher Education, Teaching Materials and Teacher Perspectives
Since 2005, it has been government policy in Taiwan to introduce English in Grade 3 of primary schooling (when learners are generally age 9). The overall aim of this research project was to investigate some of the problems associated with the implementation of this policy by combining research involving teacher cognition with research involving the criterion-referenced analysis of a sample of textbooks produced in Taiwan for young learners and a sample of lessons taught in Taiwanese primary schools.
The Use of Multimedia Based Learning Materials in English Language Teaching in Developing Educational Systems
As technology development has touched every part of our life and as education is part of our world, it is interesting to make use of innovative tools and bring it inside classrooms. Multimedia based learning materials become more important in education everywhere across the world for its powerful potentials to develop language education.
The Usefulness of Decision-Forcing Case Studies in Helping to Prepare New and Experienced English as Foreign Language Teachers
The objective of this action research project was to find the usefulness of decision-forcing case studies in helping to prepare new and experienced English as foreign language teachers (EFL) taking place in Western Chungnam province of South Korea. Nine decision-forcing cases were written for two Korean English Teachers (KETs) and two Native English Speakers (NESs) with one of each experienced or new to EFL teaching.