Exploratory Practice: A Case Study of Communication Arts Students at UBU

Abstract

English in Communication Arts is a compulsory course at Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand. The main purpose of this course is to promote English language of communication arts students enrolling in the course. By adopting Exploratory Practice (Allwright & Lenzuen, 1997) as a theoretical framework for investigation, this empirical study aims to explore how Exploratory Practice supports the students’ English language learning. In addition, insightful information on their difficulties in learning English and how they deal with those difficulties are discussed. In terms of analysis, this research study follows a qualitative research tradition in that raw data collected from different data sources, for instance, interviews, reflection papers, and students’ assignments, are analysed to make sense of these data as well as to triangulate and validate the emerging themes. It is expected that the results from this research can provide insights for understanding students’ difficulties in learning English, suggest some ideas on language teaching and learning and make invaluable contribution to a future ESP course at tertiary level.



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Oranuch Puangsuk, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand

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Conference: ACEID2017
Stream: Languages education and applied linguistics (ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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