Tag: Languages education and applied linguistics (ESL/TESL/TEFL)


The Advantages and Disadvantages of E-Dictionary to Enhance Reading Comprehension of ESL Learners

Due to the advent of Internet, tertiary students prefer to read hypermedia materials in comparison to printed materials. One of the common tools used by ESL learners to enhance reading comprehension is e-dictionary. Nowadays, there are various types of e-dictionaries. This case study involved ten Teaching English as Second Language (TESL) undergraduates. The three research


A Genre Analysis of Job Application Letters Written by ASEAN Applicants

Recent genre-based studies on job application letters have increasingly focused on cross-cultural awareness. However, very few have been conducted in the ASEAN context and none has investigated at a regional level as of yet. Hence, this study aimed to analyze the generic structure (a.k.a. moves) used in job application letters written by ASEAN applicants. The


Foreign Language Anxiety: A Case of Thai EFL Learners at Ubon Ratchathani University

Despite the decades-long integration of EFL in the Thai education system, Thai EFL students in general still perceive the English language as very difficult to be learned and thus, respond negatively to acquiring the language. With their Foreign Language Anxiety (FLA) they carry to their EFL classes certain notions rooted in past and current experiences,


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

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


Speaking Difficulties Encountered by Low-Proficiency EFL Students at Ubon Ratchathani University

In English as a foreign language learning contexts, speaking, as one of the productive skills, has been considered as a challenging skill to master due to the number of errors and mistakes it is mostly associated with. The purpose of this study is to find out the speaking difficulties encountered by five low-proficiency students of


The Role of L1 in the Instruction of L2: Perspectives of Thai EFL Teachers

The medium of instruction has long been a contentious issue in foreign language teaching. The teacher’s decision about which language should be used to deliver the lesson and interact with the students in the classroom—whether it be the language or languages of the students and teachers or the target language—is not always dependent on existing


Project-Based Approach by Using the Song-Lyric Method in Teaching English Writing for Students of Music Department

This study discusses the problems that arise in increasing the ability of English writing skill of students at the Department of Music, Indonesia Institute of the Arts of Yogyakarta. Project-based approach that becomes a part of English for Specific Purposes is one of the alternative proposed approaches to be applied to art students where English


Multiple Reading Program: An Assessment on Reading Comprehension Ability of Thai University Students

In order to develop English reading comprehension abilities, we have to understand how our students learn, pre-assessment and ongoing assessments are essential. This provides feedback for both the teachers and the students for students learning improvement. The implementation of a student- centered teaching and learning should also be established. This means building a good rapport


Chinese-Speaking University Students’ Use of Metacognitive Strategies in English Listening

Listening plays an essential role in enhancing oral communication. The goal of training learners with English listening skill is to help them to have effective communication in their life or workplace. Some educational researchers in the field of cognitive psychology have documented that metacognition may enhance learning. This project holds the assumption that students trained


The Effectiveness of Using Touchstone 1a to Promote Low English Proficiency Students of College

EFL textbooks are perceived as a vital and important element in English language teaching and learning as it not only provides teachers with a framework in reaching the aims and objectives of the course, and also serves as an effective resource for students self-directed learning. The majority of the research on the essential components of


The Role of ESL Education for the Social and Economic Development in Global Contexts

English is the “Global language”which is widely used in international business, academics, politics, and technology in the world; therefore, English has been taught as first or second language in different countries in different regions. Wealthy countries, such as US, believe the more money invested in promoting English-as-second-language (ESL) education, the better the social and economic


Students’ First Language in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Classroom in Ubon Ratchathani University: “The Students’ Perspective”

This study tries to investigate the students’ perspective on the use of their L1 (Thai) in the acquisition of the L2 (English) in Ubon Ratchathani University. The study adapts questions used in previous studies to capture weather students think Thai should be used in the English class room and in what situations students use their


Flipping with a mooc: A Case Study of an English Academic Writing

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have been growing in popularity with educational researchers and learners in online environments. Courses in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in higher education setting often bring together students from different academic backgrounds. However, MOOCs platforms haven’t provided many choices for EAP courses. For this reason, such courses tend to demonstrate


The Development of Application for Thai-ASEAN Neighboring Language- English Common Base Concepts Wordnet of 1st Order Entity

The application of Thai, ASEAN neighboring languages, and English common base concept words was developed from the equivalent translation WordNet of English-Thai-Lao-Vietnamese words in the 1st Order Entity. Present study selected Lao and Vietnamese languages to include in the pilot application based on the study of BanSomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University students need. The 1st Order Entity