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Labassi, Tahar – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2009
The restricted time allocated to courses and the immediate need to read literature in English necessitates the teaching of selective reading in many English as a foreign language contexts. This paper reports on one element of an expeditious (quick, effective, efficient and selective) reading course for learners in an English for Academic Purposes…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, English for Science and Technology
Barfield, Susan C.; Uzarski, Joelle – English Teaching Forum, 2009
One of the most important components of a culture is its language. With language, people not only expeditiously communicate; they also express their values, beliefs, and world views. When a language becomes extinct, a part of the cultural patrimony of humanity is lost. For linguists, this also means the loss of an opportunity for a better…
Descriptors: World Views, English (Second Language), Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Populations
Cervantes, Emerita P. – English Teaching Forum, 2009
According to Martin (2000), English-language instructors should be careful about monopolizing a class with too much teacher-talk--for speaking and writing activities, more than 15 percent of the time is probably excessive. Teacher-centered lessons featuring lectures on sentence structure and how to write effective paragraphs are bound to create…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), College Students, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Krashen, Stephen – Knowledge Quest, 2009
Both the popular media and professional literature are filled with suggestions on how to improve reading, but the one approach that always works is rarely mentioned: provide readers with a supply of interesting and comprehensible books. Instead, people are given advice that is dead wrong as a means of improving reading (e.g., roller skating and…
Descriptors: Recreational Activities, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Literature
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Morrison, Kristan – International Education, 2009
The Ministry of Education in the country of Thailand recently announced the establishment of two distinct educational tracks--a conventional/ traditional track and an unconventional/progressive/alternative track. This decision was perhaps guided by the success of innovative pilot education programs in the country, collectively called "the…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Program Descriptions
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Inegbeboh, Bridget O. – Education, 2009
Female students have been discriminated against right from birth in their various cultures and this affects the way they perform in Spoken English class, and how they rate themselves. They have been conditioned to believe that the male gender is superior to the female gender, so they leave the male students to excel in spoken English, while they…
Descriptors: Phonetics, Oral Language, English (Second Language), Females
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Molina, Maria Teresa Lopez-Mezquita – Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2009
Lexical competence is considered to be an essential step in the development and consolidation of a student's linguistic ability, and thus the reliable assessment of such competence turns out to be a fundamental aspect in this process. The design and construction of vocabulary tests has become an area of special interest, as it may provide teachers…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Second Language Learning, Computer Assisted Testing, Foreign Countries
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Sam, Hong Kian; Ngiik, Ting Lang; Usop, Hasbee Hj – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009
This article presents an overview of the education system in Malaysia and highlights some issues pertaining to higher education. In addition, this article also looks at some issues specific to the teaching and learning of mathematics both at school and in the universities. Some data on students' achievements in mathematics examination at public…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries, College Mathematics
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Jiang, Yongmei – International Education Studies, 2009
After a brief introduction, this paper dwells on the merits of group work, and then suggested the evaluation methods of group work. The author also mentioned the Demerits of group work and how to avoid them.
Descriptors: College Students, Skill Development, Oral Language, English (Second Language)
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Zhou, Mai – International Education Studies, 2009
The Cooperative Principle by American linguist Grice is one of the major principles guiding people's communication. Observing the Cooperative Principle will be helpful for people to improve the flexibility and accuracy of language communication. The ultimate aim of spoken English teaching is to develop students' communicative competence.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Oral Language, Speech Communication
Smith, Ann F. V., Ed.; Strong, Gregory, Ed. – Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), 2009
"Adult Language Learners: Context and Innovation" presents instructional practices that are particularly successful with adults. Adult language learners are goal oriented and direct their learning to fulfill particular needs or demands: to advance their studies, to progress up the career ladder, to follow business opportunities, to pass…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Personal Autonomy, Foreign Countries
Marek, Michael W. – Online Submission, 2008
This presentation describes the methodology used by Dr. Michael Marek of Wayne State College, Nebraska USA, and Dr. Vivian Wu of Chienkuo Technology University, Taiwan, for English language instruction in Taiwan using Internet videoconferencing, and their research findings after three semesters. Initial student reaction was positive. Quantitative…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, State Colleges, Student Motivation, Active Learning
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Williams, Joy; Shibanuma, Akiko; Matsuzaki, Yoko; Kanayama, Aiko; Ito, Atsumi – Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, 2008
Keiwa College, a small liberal arts college in Niigata, Japan, has developed a number of on-campus and community-based teacher training programmes to benefit our students in the teacher education course in the Department of English and Communication and in-service English teachers in the area. These programmes provide students with opportunities…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Language Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Tomas, Zuzana; Farrelly, Rai; Haslam, Mara – TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, 2008
The practical teaching course, also known as the "practicum", is an essential component in graduate TESOL programs in the United States. The rationale behind this course is to allow preservice teachers the opportunity "to acquire the practical skills and knowledge needed to function as effective language teacher[s]".…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Practicums
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Xiao, Junhong – Open Learning, 2008
English language teaching (ELT) has played an important role in the Chinese Radio and Television Universities (RTVU) network since its establishment in the late 1970s. Based on a literature review and reflection from an insider's perspective, this paper gives a full account of the RTVU distance ELT model, examining how it supports autonomous…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Television
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