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    Training in Applicative Classroom Action Research

    ONE of the objectives of DBE3 is to improve the quality and relevance of teaching and learning in the classroom. To achieve these objectives, DBE3 has planned and implemented an intensive training programs for teachers. The training is intended to increase the quality of teachers which, in the end, will improve the quality of education. Training in Classroom Action Research by DBE3 Classroom Action Research is an activity undertaken by teachers to improve their performance and teaching skills in the classroom. They do it by evaluating their teaching approaches and then making improvements. By doing this repeatedly, they should improve their performance and skills. In order to develop teachers who are able to reflect on their teaching and develop their own performances and skills,
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    Teacher Tips: Standardized Test Preparation

    Article by Trent Lorcher (38,336 pts ) Edited & published by Maryam DiMauro (7,446 pts ) on Jun 8, 2009 For better or worse, standardized tests are here to stay. Standardized Test Tips: They’re Permanent Whether you like them or not, the use of standardized tests in public schools has increased steadily . Consequently, standardized test pre...
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    Improving Teacher-Student Interaction in the EFL Classroom: An Action Research Report

    Jonathan Snell j_snell [at] yahoo.com Toyo Women’s College (Tokyo, Japan) A common problem for EFL teachers is dealing with a passive class, where students are unresponsive and avoid interaction with the teacher. This is especially true when a teacher seeks interaction in a teacher-class dialog, such as asking questions to the class as a whole, expecting at least one student to respond. This can be a frustrating experience for both parties. Obviously, there will be times when no student can answer a teacher’s question, but often students do not a...
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    Classroom Action Research

    What is classroom action research? Classroom action research begins with a question or questions about classroom experiences, issues, or challenges. It is a reflective process which helps teachers to explore and examine aspects of teaching and learning and to take action to change and improve. Who is it for? Any teacher who: wants to understand more about teaching and learning wants to develop teaching skills and knowledge wants to take action to improve student learning What are the benefits? provides a framework for trying out different approaches and ideas helps develop reflective practice enables teachers to make choices and decisions about their teaching styles helps develop confidence helps teachers improve student learning
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    Promoting Positive Attitudes in ESL/EFL Classes

    Iakovos Tsiplakides and Areti Keramida tsiplakides [ =at= ] hotmail.com (Ioannina, Greece) Introduction It is widely accepted that an important predictor of success in a foreign language is students’ attitude towards it. In ESL/EFL contexts, students who consider the learning of English as a positive and rewarding experience are less likely to suffer from foreign language anxiety. By contrast, they usually have higher levels of motivation, willingness to participate, and high language performance. Students’ attitude towards the foreign language is very often influenced by: a) teacher-student relationships, b) the general clas...
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    Helping ESL/EFL Students Find Employment while Teaching the Past Simple Verb Tense

    by Errol Pitts errolpitts {(at)} hotmail.com Hanseo University (Seosan, South Korea) Source: http://iteslj.org/Lessons/Pitts-PastTense/ Using an inductive approach, students will learn one of the most common verb tenses, the past simple. Additionally, students will learn about job searching techniques aimed at helping them to secure employment. Receptive and productive activities are described in detail. Examples of materials are provided. Extensions for learning outside of the classroom are supplied. Introduction MTsN Binjai Adult immigrant and international ESL students have a variety of pragmatic needs. Finding a job is one...
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    A Team Testing Method for Elementary English Speaking

    by Steve McCarty Long English-only version in the Kagawa Junior College Journal, 26, pp. 1-10 (20 March 1998). A shorter, edited, English-Japanese version of this paper appears in Wada, M., Cominos, A., Betts, R., and Y. Ishikawa (Eds.), Team Teaching in the Communicative Classroom. Tokyo: Taishukan Shoten (25 January 1998), pp. 170-173. ABSTRACT To the extent speaking skills are taught, their degree of improvement needs to be graded, so foreign language teachers need ways to evaluate speaking skills. Dialogues from secondary school English textbooks, adjusted or individualized, provide realistic language material for this speaking quiz activity. Techniques such as jan ken pon among teams of rows ensure fairness with regard to unequal practice time, while heightening students’
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    A Method for Oral Testing in University English Programs at Korean Universities

    David B. Kent dbkent [at] mail.inha.ac.kr http://konglish.terrashare.com Inha University (Incheon. South Korea) This article describes a method that EFL teachers can employ when conducting oral tests with their students. Exam Objectives Primary Objective: To assess the oral skill level of students in a pre-planned communicative context, as well as testing listening comprehension through question/answer based tasks. Secondary Objective: To allow students to expand their use of language, centered on a theme of their own interest, and engage in oral communication on a familiar topic covered by the class syllabus. Exam Approach Students si
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    Global English

    By Today we are living in a “Global Village”. As the Internet explosively grows, ever more people are becoming aware of this “Global Village” on a personal level. People correspond with others from around the globe on a regular basis, products are bought and sold with increasing ease from all over the word and “real time” coverage of major news events is taken for granted. English plays a central role in this “globalization” and it has become the de facto language of choice for communication between the various peoples of the Earth. Many People Speak English! Here are some important statistics: English Nex
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