Archives for February 2016

Volume 6 – Issue 1

  1. Developing EFL Learners’ Speaking Ability, Accuracy, and Fluency
    Author/s: Mobina Rahnama, Neda Fatehi Rad & Hamid Bagheri
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  2. English for Specific Purposes and Its Impact: Some Focal Points for the Language Practitioners
    Author/s: Dr M Saravanapava Iyer
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  3. An Assessment of ICT Integration in English Language Learning: A Glimpse of Student’s Perspective in HEI
    Author/s: Dr. Suma Sreedhar & Jarikre Amos O.
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  4. Evaluation of Iranian TEFL M.A. Program in Terms of Compatibility with Common Standards: Teachers’ Perspectives 
    Author/s: Neda Taheri & Gholamreza Abbasian
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  5. Critical Appraisal of ELT in ESP/EAP Programs
    Author/s: Elham Tavakoli, Anita Lashkarian & MohammadReza Mozayan
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‘An Assessment of ICT Integration in English Language Learning: A Glimpse of Student’s Perspective in HEI’ by Dr. Suma Sreedhar & Jarikre Amos O.

Abstract

The integration of Information and Communication Technologies in education are as a result of its impact’s and growth in advancing the educational sector. With the advent of various technologies emerging which are valuable and usable in Higher Education Institutes, there is concern about how students could see the emerging changes being integrated as part of their English Language lessons. The paper seeks to determine student assessment of ICT integration in teaching English Language in Theem College of Engineering, Maharashtra, India by looking at its relevance and barriers associated with its integration. A total of 100 students from 1st, 2nd and 3rd year were selected for the study using purposive and simple random sampling. Data collection and analysis was done using questionnaire and simple statistical technique. Findings indicated that ICT integration in English Language teaching encourages and motivate the students to learn and enhance their communication skills. The study also revealed that Information and Communication Technology integration in English Language teaching in the college increases student’s eagerness in self-learning of the subject with interactive digital materials and multimedia elements available. It’s recommended that e-library mobile app should be provided for free and easy downloads to all students and also ICT training should be given to students on the use of the e-library and any new pedagogical to be introduced.

Keywords: ICT, Multimedia elements, English Language, Internet, e-library.

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‘English for Specific Purposes and Its Impact: Some Focal Points for the Language Practitioners’ by Dr M Saravanapava Iyer

Abstract

In the field of English as a Second Language (ESL), there has been a shift in recent times from intrinsic motivation to extrinsic factors relevant to language learning. Only a few language scholars advocate that learning English language is intellectually beneficial or learners attempt to master English language to understand the native culture and mingle with the native speakers. Many scholars claim that currently English as a second language is learnt for varieties of purposes because English is used in numerous domains; for example, IT field, playground, professions, administrations, e-markets, e-advertisements, politics, cinemas and media alternating consciously or unconsciously with the L1. The use of English everywhere has been expanding with globalization; therefore it is essential to that the English language curriculum and teaching approach need to be changed to keep pace with the dynamic process of globalization. With this fresh tendency, in the field of ESL, teaching and learning programme of English for Specific Purpose (ESP) has gained attractiveness. The primary aim of this article is to provide appropriate awareness and insights for all the language practitioners; this deeper level understanding is expected to help teachers to conduct smooth and successful teaching and learning English  programme; this is also expected to guide the curriculum designers to form a suitable curriculum for any ESP courses.

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‘Developing EFL Learners’ Speaking Ability, Accuracy, and Fluency’ by Mobina Rahnama, Neda Fatehi Rad & Hamid Bagheri

Abstract

One of the most important goals of teaching English as a foreign language for learners is speaking because learners are interested in using second language effectively and fluency. However, EFL learners may have some problems in speaking accuracy and fluency in English speaking; they endeavor to find some solutions to communicate well in society. Thus, they need to master in second language skills through interesting materials, empowering activities, and proper opportunities to practice speaking. In addition, they require to have longer time to practice it. To achieve this goal, EFL learners need to acquire second language learning from their childhood. Moreover, it is recommended to emphasize optimal and conductive environment in the classroom so that teachers have vital roles in creating suitable and friendly environmental classroom. This article is concerned with how teachers can improve speaking skills and some factors which influence learners speaking competence.

Index Terms: accuracy, communicative competence, fluency, speaking competence

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