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ERIC Number: ED358682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Brazilian EFL Learner: A Profile Influencing Curriculum.
Couto, Vera; Towersey, Louise
A study surveyed 207 students of English as a Second Language, aged 11-57 and at all levels, in a Brazilian English institute to derive a student profile for curriculum development. Subjects were questioned concerning: motivation for starting and continuing English language study; perceptions of the language lessons in terms of activity types, interaction types, and degree of student and teacher control; and sources of English language and cultural input. Results indicate that the students' primary motive for beginning to learn English was to understand films, songs, and other aspects of popular culture, but their motive for continuing study was employment-related. In general, students pursued English instruction for professional advancement, to take advantage of spoken and visual media, for travel, and because they perceive it as part of a good education. Favorite classroom activities appear to correlate with motivations, but writing and grammar were not generally enjoyed. Most favored paired and group work over individual work. Students also preferred teachers to have control over classroom interaction. Teacher and textbooks were the desired sources of input. Problems in questionnaire administration suggest some methodological improvements, and results suggest ways of integrating the survey itself into the curriculum. Questionnaire and tabulated results are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil