Category: ACLL2018

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A Case Study: Promoting Vietnamese Staff’s English Language Ability and Their Change of Conceptions of English Language Learning

In this study, a four-month English language training course was designed for the Vietnamese staff members of a manufacturing company in Vietnam. The English language course materials were designed according to the results of the need analysis of the Vietnamese staff and administration manager. The course focused on daily life English, English specifically related to

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Negotiating Language Development and Growth Through Social Interactions: The Case of Setswana

In most modern African societies, identity through language is extremely a rare phenomenon. This is because most communities are multilingual and there is usually more than one language spoken. The presence of more than one language and other social factors affect the development and growth of the mother tongue in any given community. These social

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The Interactive Method for Training Guangxi Medical University Professors Teaching Medicine by Using English as Medium of Instruction

Besides general ESL teaching in primary and secondary schools, universities, and adult education, training professionals for specific purposes is another alternative for thriving English language education in the rapidly changing era. However, very little research has been conducted for investigation of training medical professionals the effective EMI teaching of medicine. This paper reports the design

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An Analysis of English Reading Comprehension and Reading Strategies Through Google Translator of Loei Rajabhat University Students

This research aims to analyze how much the basic-proficient students can comprehend the reading passage by using Google translator and to investigate reading strategies while they use Google Translator translated from English to Thai.The subject comprised 50 Loei Rajabhat University students who were selected by using purposive sampling technique scored at the basic proficiency in

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Japanese Language Development in Indonesia Perspective of Library Science: Expansion of Japanese Notation on DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification)

This paper discusses the new classification development in DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification) system for Japanese language book collection. It is based on most of library in Indonesia uses DDC system for classify all book collections, while notation of Japanese language books classification is not specified. Only one notation classification in Japanese language books (495.6), whereas

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Mathematics Teachers’ Content Preparedness, Level of Use of Active Learning Practices and Students’ Achievement

This descriptive – correlational research was conducted to determine the Grade 7 Mathematics teachers’ content preparedness, level of use of active learning practices and students’ achievement. It made use of two data gathering instruments, namely: Survey Questionnaires for Teachers (SQT) and the Mathematics Achievement Test for Students (MATS). The samples included 40 teachers and 1540

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Students’ Attitudes Towards Self-Directed Learning out of Classroom: Indonesian Context

There is a stereotype viewing Asian students as passive learners and dependent on teachers’ instruction. Regarding this issue, this study attempts to address the Indonesian high school students’ attitudes on whether they have initiative and be responsible for their own learning out of the classroom and if so, why. Therefore, 30 high school students were

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English for Academic Purposes: Enhancing Critical Digital Literacy Outcomes

Recognizing the socio-cultural elements of language decoding and production, many modern EAL programs utilize a content-based approach. In the case of school-based EAL programs, this content often includes investigations such as understanding local values, citizenship theory, sustainability, media awareness, and digital literacy. This choice of content is partially due to a recognition that the socio-cultural

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An Analysis of English Communicative Competence: A Case Study of L1 Thai Public Transport Drivers’ Communication with Foreign Tourists

This paper was aimed at examining the English communicative competence and the needs for English communication among local L1 Thai public transport drivers. This study was part of research in support of community engagement and sustainable development. Seventy public transport drivers who gave regular service to foreign visitors in a tourist destination city in Thailand

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The Use of Japanese Language Dictionary by Students of the Japanese Literature Study Program at Brawijaya University

Vocabulary is the most important aspect in learning a foreign language. Without adequate vocabulary, the learners will find difficulty in expressing an idea, understanding the meaning of a text and dialogue of other people, and so on. In obtaining new vocabularies, the learners use several ways, such as the dictionary. There are currently many types

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From Storytelling to the Voice Story App: A Research Translation Project

Many existing language tasks are suitable for a specific language level or contain language that is specific to a particular topic or a particular language or culture, so do not suit all students’ levels or account for the language that students know. ‘Storytelling’ however, is an open-ended task that involves the oral telling of stories

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (and a few to the side): Embedding English Language Teaching in a Discipline Subject

At Hong Kong Polytechnic University, compulsory English language provision consists of six credits of general/academic English in the first two years and two further credits of English, focusing students’ particular field of study, in the 2nd to 4th year. These Discipline Specific Requirement (DSR) language courses are stand-alone courses taught by the English Language Centre,

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A Cognitive Study of Expressions Based on Hearing in English and Vietnamese

Hearing is said to be the sense of linguistic communication and in fact, in all the meanings, both concrete and abstract, it seems to be so. Through experiencing of human, hearing is used for many expressions in daily life popularly. In the view of cognitive linguistics, “the design features of languages and our ability to

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Marketing English Education to Mature Customers: Comparative Study of the Techniques Used by English Schools in Japan and South Korea

As the population of the world ages there is increasing need for an assessment of the marketing strategies that are used to target the elderly. The literature on marketing of foreign languages to the elderly is sparse. Although academicians are divided on the specific age at which a customer transcends to the mature market many

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Promoting Intercultural Understanding for ESP Students Through CLIL: Teachers’ Beliefs and Challenges

The significance of intercultural understanding (ICU) in language teaching and learning has been recognized by many scholars, particular with the rapid development of globalization and integration. Currently, traditional teaching methods appear not to well support for the provision of intercultural understanding to ESP students. In a study, Bicknell (2009) posed the question that why we

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A Study of Expression for Politeness, Indifference and Contempt in Japanese and English and its Implication for the Japanese Learner

This paper presents an account of politeness, indifference and contempt in Japanese language. A comparison is being made between English and Japanese language with reference to the problems faced by the learners in using these expressions. In the previous researches, politeness has been the focal point but the areas of indifference and contempt have been

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From the Amateur to the Professional in Group Discussions: Exploring the Use of Metacognitive Strategies

Group discussion performance of learners is used for shortlisting candidates during campus recruitment across professional courses. The complexity of the task requires learners to make use of several learning strategies to enhance their group discussion performance to become good group discussants. Many professional courses incorporate an orientation programme in developing group discussion skills in their

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Teacher Autonomy: Perceptions and Practices

Foreign language learners cannot acquire a language successfully unless they are able to attain a certain level of autonomy in learning. Learning to learn autonomously is, therefore, a skill that all language teachers must develop in their students, because learners do not come to class with an innate knowledge of how to learn autonomously. Research

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Applying Blended Learning Method in Teaching English at the University of Danang, Vietnam

Blended learning addresses the way e-learning is combined with traditional teaching method and independent study approach to create a new, hybrid teaching methodology which has been increasingly applied in teaching foreign languages today. However, it requires a fundamental change in the way teachers and students approach the learning methods which, in turn, could bring about

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Young Ambassadors: Preparing Junior High School Students for Tokyo 2020

As the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics approach, the government has been attempting to make Japan more accessible to foreign visitors, and the number of incoming tourists per year has quadrupled since 2011. However, despite MEXT’s promise of “nurturing English communication skills,” the curriculum at secondary school level has adapted very little to meet the needs

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Are the Effects of L2-Motivational Change Language-Specific?

This longitudinal study investigates whether Japanese high school students’ L2-motivational changes over the high school years predict achievement in English and overall subjects at the end of high school. A questionnaire was developed drawing on the Attitude/Motivation Test Battery (Gardner, 1985), the self-determination-theory scale (Noels, Pelletier, Clément, & Vallerand, 2000), and the willingness to communicate

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Literature as a Catalyst for Critical Thinking in the Foreign Language Classroom

Good literature not only holds the power to engage and to inspire, but also to invite readers to see the world from new and unfamiliar perspectives. Literature can thus challenge conventional ideas and received wisdom and as such may become a potent tool for stimulating critical thinking in the hands of the foreign language teacher.

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Social Media Content Marketing of English Language Institutes in Thailand

The content marketing is the active participation of consumer in social media space that can distribute valuable content and drive the profitable target audience action. This research study aims to examine the presentation model and the type of content affecting consumer engagement in social media of English Language Institutes in Thailand. The content analysis technique

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Applying Translanguaging Techniques in Japanese EFL Settings

This presentation will explore the incorporation of Translanguaging Techniques in the EFL classroom in Japan. A survey conducted of students about their learning preferences in the English Language classroom showed that a majority of students preferred to have the opportunity to use, and be taught in a style that allowed for L1 (Japanese) usage to

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How Existential Funds of Identity can Enrich the Funds of Identity Concept

Both Funds of Knowledge and Funds of Identity have been developed as effective approaches that can help teachers to affirm marginalised learners’ personal, familial and cultural identities in the mainstream classroom. However, the role that negative experiences and emotions might play in affirming learner identities remains under-researched. Existential funds of identity has been offered as

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An Analysis on the Medial and Final Vowel Insertion (Epenthesis) In English Loanwords in Korean Language

This studied the medial and final vowel epenthesis in English loanwords in Korean language and the phonetic adjustments affecting the sound structure of English words borrowed into Korean. Specifically, it analyzed the medial and final vowel epenthesis in the English loanwords adaptation process; provided an environment description of vowel epenthesis; and analyzed the occurrence and

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Wednesday Night Book Club: Observations & Implications of a Parent and Child Book Club

The role of parent participation has been underscored in education research and teachers are actively encouraged to make connections with parents. This study examines the implications of active parent participation in an extracurricular book club for pre­-teen Korean male ELL students enrolled at an international school in the Middle East. Parents attended a weekly book

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How to Help EFL Students Gain Confidence in Intercultural Communication: A Case Study in Vietnam

The article reports on action research on promoting English- major students’ confidence in intercultural communication through the social interaction project at a university in Vietnam. The aims of the research are to examine Vietnamese students’ problems in intercultural communication, including the difficulties they encounter and the reasons they ascribe for these communication problems; to describe

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Developing Vocabulary for Foreigners Using Mindmapping

The pivotal beginning for teaching a language to foreigners is improving and expanding on their vocabulary. This builds up a resource for the learners to further develop their communication skills as well as easily approach to indigenous culture. This case study explains the importance of increasing vocabulary for foreigners learning the second language; how to

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Surviving in the Hegemonic Spread of English: English Language Teaching (ELT) In Rural China

Mainland China (hereafter “China”) is an important player in the global spread of English as English is increasingly emphasized as a priority foreign language and a compulsory subject at all levels of education. The national zeal for learning English does not exclude rural China. In contrast with cities where English might be used as a

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Strategies for Reframing Traditional Classrooms in Japan’s “One Community Two Systems” EFL Context

Foreign teachers of English in Japanese universities typically aim to establish task-based, student-centered EFL classrooms in accordance to their modern liberal SLA teacher training. Unfortunately, most Japanese freshmen university students have limited, if any, exposure to this type of classroom. Instead, students are familiar with “Confucian,” traditional style teacher-centered classrooms that often focus on test

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Words to Explain Words: How Teachers Explain Second Language Vocabulary

Vocabulary plays one of the most crucial roles in language competence and learning, and has gained considerable attention in second language acquisition research and education. However, the largely learner-centered research has focused directly on learner thoughts, behaviors and development, paying little attention to the role of teachers’ vocabulary explanations and their effects on learner outcome.In

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Assessment in Groupwork Project-Based Learning in Business English Classrooms

In the context of global economic integration in which English language competence along with essential soft skills have increasingly been of great significance, it is the responsibilities of teachers of English in general and Business English in particular to facilitate project-based learning. However, assessment of project-based learning has always been the matter of concern every

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Reshaping of EFL College Students’ Writing Experience

Academic writing in English is a challenging task for EFL students despite of its increasing demand in higher education.Thus,the current study adapts the teaching/learning cycle(hereafter TLC)by Martin and Rose(2005)based on a Systemic Functional Linguistics,which consists of the Deconstruction,Joint construction,and Independent construction stages.Reflecting on the context of the present study,TLC is modified with an additional Deconstruction

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A Teaching Approach to Develop Basic Academic Writing Ability and Logical Thinking Skills for Japanese University Students

This presentation discusses an approach for teaching basic academic writing ability and logical thinking skills to Japanese university students. Through this approach, students acquire fundamental knowledge and skills of paragraph writing by engaging in pre-writing tasks of constructing outlines and discussing their ideas with peers. They receive detailed feedback and make multiple revisions. In the

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Team Teaching – The Challenges and Benefits

It has been thirty years since the JET scheme was introduced in Japan and with it the widespread use of team-teaching for English classes in Junior and Senior High schools. As most teachers have received very little training in team teaching, and most teachers are accustomed to teaching alone, it can be difficult for teachers

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Using Nursing Models Along with Language Learning Theories to Motivate Japanese Nursing Students of English

Language education and nursing may at first appear to be unrelated. However, upon closer inspection, a number of similarities between these two disciplines can be observed. For nursing students who mainly hope to focus on their core nursing course requirements, and who consider English classes as unnecessary and time-consuming distractions, an interdisciplinary teaching approach that

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I-City, or a New Classroom for EFL in Times of Change: Its Theory and Practice

The purpose of this presentation is to present an idea to address education inequality stemming from economy and geography, especially in English education as a foreign language, a report of a lesson practice, and issues to challenge. Schools in small islands in Japan serve very small numbers of students. While they have advantages in English

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Learners’ Perceptions of Blended Language Learning Programs in Thailand

The purpose of this study was to explore how blended learning in English as a foreign language (EFL) classrooms was perceived by language learners and how this understanding helped inform the quality of blended learning for language education, particularly at a tertiary level. This study was conducted with 215 students from six major universities in