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ERIC Number: EJ1152428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0192-401X
Re-Evaluating the Speaking and Listening Demands of University Classes for Novice International Students
Sheppard, Beth; Rice, Jennifer; Rice, Korey; DeCoster, Brendan; Drummond-Sardell, Rachel; Soelberg, Nate
ORTESOL Journal, v32 p1-12 2015
Instructors from an Intensive English Program (IEP) conducted classroom observations in university courses commonly attended by international students to answer two questions: 1) What listening and speaking demands do international students face in courses at our university? 2) How can instructors in our IEP better prepare our students for these listening and speaking demands? A qualitative instrument was used to record classroom events, and common themes were identified from the results through group discussion. Results showed that international students at the researchers' university likely need more practice in listening to informal lectures and quick announcements, following descriptions of visually presented data, and asking and answering questions. Implications for instructional practice in the IEP are discussed, and this methodology is recommended for other IEPs seeking to update curriculum based on the skills most essential for students in their own local context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon
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