ERIC Number: ED332541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Formalizing Informal EFL Teaching and Learning.
Hajjaj, Ali H. S.
This investigation focused on English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) teachers' and students' awareness and utilization of English outside the school context. Tentative techniques are suggested for introducing this type of English more formally, along with curricular materials. The investigation is motivated by a desire to improve upon continued low achievement by students and provide them with more exposure to authentic English on the one hand, and by the fact that the introduction of communicative and humanistic approaches has highlighted the need to consider affective, in addition to cognitive, aspects of learning. Questionnaires were submitted to teachers and students at the intermediate and secondary levels; responses came from 180 teachers and 240 students. Evidence from the investigation has shown that EFL teachers in Kuwait sometimes use outside-the-classroom English in co-curricular activities. The teachers believe that this type of English increases students' interest in learning, creates a link with actual use of English and enriches the learning experience. It is suggested that: (1) teachers awareness of the various uses of English available outside the classroom could be increased; (2) techniques borrowed from mass media and other forms of contact could be used in dealing with certain features of textbooks; and (3) parts of certain lessons could systematically be devoted to discussions based on activities related to mass media. The appendixes provide the questionnaires for students and teachers as well as 42 tables detailing their responses. The student survey is in Arabic. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Literacy Investment for Tomorrow-Missouri, St. Louis.
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