Archives for February 2015

Volume 5 – Issue 1

  1. Self-Assessment of Oral Proficiency among ESL Learners
    Author/s: Dr. Smriti Singh
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  2. Relationship between Psychological Theories and Recent Trends in Language Teaching: Some Observations
    Author/s: Dr. B. Sushma
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  3. Teaching Pronunciation to Gujarati Learners of English: Problems and Solutions
    Author/s: Dr. Paresh Joshi
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  4. The Significance of Pragmatics in English Language Teaching
    Author/s: Amin Alinezhad
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  5. Visuals and their Effect in Listening Comprehension
    Author/s: Shemal P. Mevada & Sunil Shah
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  6. Review of the Effectiveness of Written Corrective Feedback in an ESL Context
    Author/s: Talal M. Amara
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  7. Code-Switching and Code-Mixing
    Author/s: Dr. Iesar Ahmad, Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud Talal Mohaidat  & Dr. Kesavan Vadakalur Elumalai
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  8. Using Rhymes and Songs for Teaching Core Vocabulary to Elementary School Students
    Author/s: Gareebullah Hago Hamdoun Mudawi
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‘Relationship between Psychological Theories and Recent Trends in Language Teaching: Some Observations’ by Dr. B. Sushma

Abstract

As teachers of English, we often discover new methods and techniques of teaching to make our learners learn better. The role of the teacher has shifted from teaching to enabling learning. Learners learn under various conditions and their learning depends on various factors such as motivation, psychological conditions, family, peers and environment around them. Learners exhibit variations in their way of learning language.  As such the teachers need to understand the psychology of their learners to make them free in expressing their thoughts, ideas confidently in the class which in turn enables them to get sufficient exposure to the language and gain proficiency. This paper concentrates on psychology for language teachers which helps the teachers gain insights into the way learners learn so that they can help them acquire an interest for learning and become independent learners. It focuses majorly on the relationship between psychological theories of language learning propounded by Cognitive psychologists such as Jean Piaget, Jerome Bruner, Lev Vygotsky; Humanist Psychologists such as Eric Erikson, Abraham Maslow, Combs, Carl Rogers; and the methods involved in teaching language.

Index Terms: Cognitivism, Methods of Language Teaching, Language Proficiency, Psychology, Psychological theories.

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‘Self-Assessment of Oral Proficiency among ESL Learners’ by Dr. Smriti Singh

Abstract

In India English is an important language occupying a high position for a few reasons as mentioned here: meeting
new people and communicating with others, career and travel opportunities and improving one’s academic performance in other subjects. Teaching of any language requires an assessment to check its successful delivery. Generally assessments and exams are written in nature conducted by external bodies and test only a few language skills like writing and reading. Oral skills get neglected and good grades in writing or reading skills do not necessarily mean excellence in oral proficiency. This is where the role of self -assessment comes in. Self-assessment means judging the quality of your own performance based on specific criteria. This paper will discuss the benefits of self-assessment and try to answer the following: What oral proficiency is and how it relates to one’s language learning goals? What guidelines can be used to rate one’s speaking ability?

Index Terms: English in India, ELT, Self-assessment.

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