Conference: ACLL2019

The Practice and Effects of Integrating Literature Circles and Mobile Instant-messaging Technology in ELT

Research has found significant advantages of using classroom literature circles, where small groups of students read the same text and then take different role responsibilities in their fully face-to-face discussion around the text; however, more and more studies have shown that in today’s technological world, virtual literature circles integrated with the Internet and various forms

Slang Words from Loanwords Reflecting Thai’s Language Use on Facebook Fan Page ‘Tai Tiang Dara’

This article aims to present results of an analysis of slang words from loanwords reflecting Thais’ language use on the Facebook fan page “Tai Tiang Dara” collected between September and November 2017 from a total of 344 posts to reflect Thai culture in language use during this period. It was found that there were 23

Language Techniques in the Anthology of Short Stories ‘Klang Phung Phae Lang Hak’ (Amidst a Herd of Broken-backed Goats) by Ummisalam Umar

The objective of this article is to analyze language techniques in the anthology of short stories, “Klang Phung Phae Lang Hak (Amidst a Herd of Broken-backed Goats)” by Ummisalam Umar consisting of 10 short stories: Phu Tong Songsai (Eyes of a Child), Foon ( Dust), Nithan Khong Pho (Daddy’s tales), Klang Phung Phae (Amidst a

From Solitary to Shared Experience: Lessons From Running a University-wide Reading Programme

Reading in the second or foreign language is not an easy task for students, but it is undoubtedly an effective way to enhance students’ reading proficiency. Voluntary reading programmes are commonly used to foster ESL/EFL learners’ leisure reading habit to enhance their language proficiency, but the challenge lies in encouraging students to participate in such

L2 Learner Autonomy in Learning Target Grammar and Social Context

In this study, we create a translation-based TBLT activity facilitating learner autonomy in acquiring polite forms/expressions in Japanese in different social contexts. Translation activities are prepared to help L2 learners of Japanese learn different levels of formality and the forms/expressions in reference to their real-life usage. The subjects are international students enrolled in the advanced

L2 Learner Autonomy in Learning Target Grammar and Social Context

In this study, we create a translation-based TBLT activity facilitating learner autonomy in acquiring polite forms/expressions in Japanese in different social contexts. Translation activities are prepared to help L2 learners of Japanese learn different levels of formality and the forms/expressions in reference to their real-life usage. The subjects are international students enrolled in the advanced

Design Thinking and Creative Group Engagement in the EFL Classroom

Research has questioned the ability of our educational systems to prepare students for the increasingly uncertain and complex nature of the modern world. The need to rapidly predict trends, and find solutions to complex problems has increased the importance of empathy, creativity, cognitive flexibility and critical thinking in the workplace. In order to prepare students

Pre-service Teacher Reflections: Embracing Growth and Professional Development

The production of reflections has been identified as an efficient means of guiding perspective language teachers to construct meaning about their experiences and professional growth. This virtual talk will present the results of a two-year qualitative interpretive study, which examined pre-service English teachers’ reflections as part of their assessment for the completion of their training.

Pre-service Teacher Reflections: Embracing Growth and Professional Development

The production of reflections has been identified as an efficient means of guiding perspective language teachers to construct meaning about their experiences and professional growth. This virtual talk will present the results of a two-year qualitative interpretive study, which examined pre-service English teachers’ reflections as part of their assessment for the completion of their training.

The Use of Facebook’s Closed Groups in Studying Cases in American Foreign Policy

In Foreign Policy (FP) Courses, the study of a case plays a significant role in not only keeping the students well-informed about the current situations but also helping them comprehend, analyze and evaluate the FP theories and frameworks they have been taught. As one practical way to overcome the time, space and resource limitations of

L1 and L2 Attitudes and Willingness to Communicate in Taiwanese Middle School Bilingual Program

While most language learners in Taiwan are school aged children, academic research in field mostly address university level students. Considering early experiences with language affect students’ future motivation for learning Chinese (L1) and English (L2) (MacIntyre et al. 2003), this study aims to investigate Taiwanese middle school students in bilingual programs. Specifically, to (a) assess

Exploring Communicative Activities in EFL Classrooms: Can Development of CLIL Lesson Plans Work as a Communicative Task for University Students?

This study explored how and to what extent the development of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) lesson plans can serve as a communicative task for Japanese university students. Despite the abundant research on the application of CLIL to EFL classrooms, there have not been studies investigating if making CLIL lesson plans for younger students

Educational Culture in a Synchronous Class: Case of Filipino-Chinese Interface

One key target of the global education system is the equipping of graduates exhibiting sets of core 21st-century competencies. Looking into global competencies vis-a-vis language learning, inclination to English fluency is an edge for pursuing global careers. The imperativeness of accommodating English education in China is first manifested in its Open Door Policy in 1976.

Direct and Indirect Feedback: How do They Impact on Secondary School Learners’ Writing Anxiety and How do Learners Perceive them?

Previous research focuses mainly on the effectiveness of written corrective feedback (WCF) in second language acquisition (SLA), but individual differences, such as anxiety, have not received adequate attention. This study seeks to explore the effects of written corrective feedback(WCF), indirect feedback(IF) and direct feedback(DF) respectively on learners’ anxiety, and to investigate the beliefs towards WCF

Enhancing English Language Teaching and Learning Through Ipadagogy

English Language Teaching and Learning has evolved in contemporary times, and shifts in society have partly influenced this evolution. This descriptive study examined the instructional and learning practices in English Language classes of a school which has adopted and implemented since 2016 the 1:1 Learning with iPad initiative in all learning areas. To assess the

The Influence of Formative Assessment in “Reading Critically” Course on English Major Students’ Self-regulated Learning of Academic Vocabularies in Linguistics

This study investigates the influence of formative assessment in “Reading Critically” course on English major students’ self-regulated learning of academic vocabularies in linguistics. Reading Critically, the new course for English majors developed by Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), derives from many educators and policymakers’ recognition that mere language proficiency is insufficient for language majors to

Developing Holistic English Language Learners Through Flipped Learning: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of an ECE Pre-service Teacher English Course

Despite the fact that flipped classroom approach has proved to be successful in developing students’ interaction and higher-order skills in many theory-based disciplines, research on its design and implementation in English language teaching (ELT) is limited. Meanwhile, higher education ELT classrooms are more and more characterised with diversity in students’ abilities and the target to

Analysis of Errors Committed by Thai EFL Non-English Major Undergraduate Students

The purpose of the study was to investigate the English linguistic elements which cause errors in writing made by the first year undergraduates majoring in non-English academic disciplines pursuing their bachelor degree at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Phranakhon Rajabhat University. This study was conducted with fifty Thai EFL undergraduate students by administering

Development of Grammar Competence by Using Knowledgebase for Bachelor of Education (English) Students, Phranakhon Rajabhat University, Thailand

This study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of the http://esp-pro.pnru.ac.th knowledgebase of lessons and exercises of grammar, employed to enhance the grammar competence of the students. The objectives of this research were to 1) develop grammar competence by using knowledgebase for Bachelor of Education (English) students, 2) compare achievement score before and after using knowledgebase

Topical Structure Analysis of Philippine and Chinese Journal Abstracts

This study examined the topical structure of Philippine and Chinese journal abstracts on bilingual education. Specifically, it looked at the physical and topical characteristics of abstracts written by Filipino and Chinese researchers in the field of language. On the physical features, it examined the number of words, clauses, and sentences in a paragraph; number of

The Empirical Study of a SPOC Embedded Flipped Classroom Model for College Intercultural Communication Course: Perceptions of Students

Higher education in China has experienced a significant transformation from an elite educational system to a stage of massification since the first decade of the 21st century. In 2007, the Department of Higher Education launched the College English Curriculum Requirements, promoting “a computer-assisted and classroom-based teaching model” (p. 8). A Small Private Online Course (SPOC)

A Study on Cochlear-implanted Children’s Early First Language Development

This study investigates the cochlear-implanted (CI) children’s early language development status. It mainly focuses on two issues: (1), whether and how daily parent-child interaction would influence CI children’s special belated first language (L1) acquisition; and (2), whether there are any similarities or differences between the L1 acquisition by CI children and that by children with

Exploring the Reflections of Non-optionist Polytechnic English Language Lecturers (PELLs) in Identifying Their Professional Development Concerns

The exploration into teachers’ reflection in a language classroom context can be considered as an effective tool to investigate their teaching concerns. Hence, this study is carried out to explore three non-optionist polytechnic English Language lecturers’ (PELL) teaching concerns in order to understand the formation of their belief systems. The exhibition of PELLs’ belief systems

Investigating the Idea of EAP Classroom Diglossia and Patterns of Code Switching

This small study is being conducted in a Sino-British University in China with preliminary year students learning academic reading and writing skills in English. It aims to discover why and when groups of Chinese students in an EAP classroom choose to use either English or Chinese during group work. It seeks to find whether they

Promoting Junior High Students’ English Grammar and Environmental Awareness in a Five-Day English Summer Camp in Taiwan

Learning English grammar is considered an essential part in junior high level in Taiwan. However, learning grammar is tedious, and students may lose interest quickly. Nevertheless, learning will be more effective when students are learned with a meaningful purpose. Recently, the Ministry of Education in Taiwan has put great emphasis on promoting students’ environmental awareness,

How to Apply Learner Autonomy and Self-Assessment Method to Promote Test Takers’ Learning: A Case Study of SAT Test Preparation

In the fields of pedagogy and language assessment, self-assessment has been regarded as an effective teaching and learning method. This method can promote learning in a positive way, and have positive washback on learning, particularly for students who are preparing for high-stake tests. Also, Learner Autonomy has long been accepted as a useful method for

Development of Interviewing and Presentation Skills: Using Action Research Methodology

The goal of the study was to develop interviewing and presentation skills of the course participants, who were being prepared to get into the main stream program as entrants of Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). The training program was sponsored by a reputable Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Institute of Ismaili Studies, London . Besides attending the

Development of Interviewing and Presentation Skills: Using Action Research Methodology

The goal of the study was to develop interviewing and presentation skills of the course participants, who were being prepared to get into the main stream program as entrants of Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). The training program was sponsored by a reputable Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Institute of Ismaili Studies, London . Besides attending the

Transcontextualizing Contemporary Filipino Gay-Themed Movies: Its Message to the LGBT Community

This study focused on transcontextualizing contemporary Filipino gay-themed movies. Utilizing Content Analysis, this study deciphered the underlying message of each contemporary Filipino gay-themed movie and its social relevance to the LGBT community. As an analytic strategy, content analysis enables a systematic examination of forms of communication to document patterns objectively. It is a method for

A Non-Engineer’s Discovery of Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a human-centred Engineering Design method that aims to find creative solutions to problems and encourages empathy, collaboration, and experimentation. This presentation will introduce Design Thinking and relate the presenter’s discovery of it as a non-Engineer who taught an Engineering English course based mainly around the Scientific Method. The presenter will demonstrate how,

Achieving Creativity Through Research Led Learning and Teaching

In the past few years’ creativity seemed to have been the buzzword driving contemporary programmes of education and having a substantial impact on curriculum design worldwide. However, many of those programmes simply include the word ‘creative’ and leave students to their own devices, without effective guidance or examples of what creativity actually means or can

Understanding Demotivation Factors and Their Countermeasures in Japanese Student Learners of English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

Motivation is one of the keys to successful language learning (Nakata and Okumura, 1999). Accordingly, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers in Japan exhaust their resources – devising and employing a variety of strategies and materials to encourage Japanese students and keep them motivated. However, in spite of these efforts, problems regarding decreased motivation

Family Environment Mode Approach (FEMA) Procedures for Nurturing Affective Learning

This paper aims to provide detailed and replicable protocols for the Family Environment Mode Approach (FEMA) to language teaching, developed by the author. FEMA involves the conscious application of an emotional field by self-re-generating educational actors in order to promote key concepts that indirectly affect educational outcomes by reducing stress and increasing motivation. It supports

The Teaching of Japanese Language and Culture to Filipino Students Through Blended Learning

The study was intended to determine the effectiveness of blended learning as a mode of delivering Japanese language lessons to learners from selected Universities in the Philippines. It was found out that after taking up the one-semester Japanese Language Course, many learners from both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs possessed a good language proficiency

Color Coding Japanese Kana for Second Language Acquisition

In this research, the pedagogical effects of endowing alphabetical properties on Japanese Hiragana by phonetically mapping the Kana syllabary to their respective vowel phonemes with a color code as well as mapping diacritical marks color coded to each character’s respective consonant group are studied. This phonetic color coding system mapped to Japanese Kana was tested