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ERIC Number: ED524763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
English as the Needs of Students of a Public University in Timor Leste
Patricio, Sancho Da Costa
Australian Teacher Education Association, Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) (Albury, Jun 28-Jul 1, 2009)
English plays an important role for the life of the people of East Timor. So it is studied from secondary to tertiary schools. However, the resources of English are not sufficiently available. Under the development concerns the conditions that are faced by both the educator and learners in English as a foreign language course at the university. The specific problem is related to teaching and learning processes involved with active and passive voice. The case that will be taken into consideration is quite complex and involves language teaching methodology. These important issues need to be addressed and action research is an appropriate way to facilitate the improvement of teaching and learning skills. This action research was conducted from September-October 2008. The students were given a parallel test to identify a baseline data on the areas of their weaknesses. An intervention strategy was employed and further data gathering occurred to assess the efficacy of the action research. During the weeks of intervention, there are some positive results of students' understanding of tenses is dramatically improved. This can be seen from the baseline data and the post intervention which is derived from 40.8% to 76.8%. Finally, East Timor a multilingual society, so, at schools a student speaks more than one language. Under this condition a teacher should be flexible to use the students' native language to teach English. Appended are: (1) items for pre and post tests of the action research; and (2) table of attendant list during the intervention and the names are not the real one. An appendix presents pre- and post-tests. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA)
Identifiers - Location: Timor-Leste