ERIC Number: ED322751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
The Study of Large Classes. Lancaster-Leeds Language Learning in Large Classes Research Project. Report No. 2.
This is the second of 12 research reports on the phenomenon of language instruction within a large class environment. The report is written in five sections. The second section (following the introductory first section) discusses the reasons for studying large classes in language instruction, including the facts that teachers find large classes cause difficulties that affect teaching performance, that large classes are becoming commonplace, and that very little has been done to address the problem or train English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teachers to instruct under such difficult circumstances. The third section outlines and explains the project's activities, namely, creating a bibliography, networking, organizing colloquia, and promoting and undertaking research. Section 4 presents the nine specific questions that the project is attempting to study. These include the following: the teacher's concerns, the extent of the large class phenomenon, the reasons for the occurrence of large classes, attitudes towards large classes, data collection in large classes, the performance of large classes, strategies in large classes, language acquisition in large classes, and experiments in large classes. Section 5 summarizes and presents conclusions. (GLR)
Descriptors: Class Size, Classroom Environment, Classroom Research, Data Collection, English (Second Language), Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Conditions
Overseas Education Unit, School of Education, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom (individual reports 0.50 pounds sterling, surface mail).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Leeds Univ. (England). School of Education; Lancaster Univ. (England). Dept. of Linguistics and Modern English Language.