Archives for July 2016

‘The Effect of Planning Pre-writing vs. Post-writing Task on Iranian In-termediate EFL Learners’ Paragraph Writing Ability’ by Pegah Doroudi & Morad Bagherzadeh Kasmani

Abstract

The present study sought to investigate the effect of pre-writing versus post-writing task on Iranian EFL learners’ paragraph writing ability. 45 intermediate students were selected via administering the OPT, then they divided into three groups of 15 and were randomly assigned to two experimental and one control groups. A pretest of writing was administered to all groups, after that, the researcher applied the pre-writing task for experimental group1  and post-writing task for experimental group 2 for 10 sessions while there was no treatment for the control group. A posttest of writing was then administered to all three groups and the data were analyzed a paired-samples T-test and ANOVA coefficients. The results of the study indicated that the participants performed better when they took part in a test after they were treated with pre-writing and post-writing tasks.

Index Terms: task, pre-writing, post-writing, writing skill.

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‘Exploring Language Teacher’s Roles: Personal Theories and Practices’ by Satyawan Polist

Abstract

The role and function of the language teacher has been a matter of continuous debate and discussion. A teacher, across the language teaching history, has emerged as Passive Technician, Reflective Practitioners, and Transformative Intellectuals. The teacher has been variously referred to as an artist and an architect; a scientist and a psychologist; a manager and a mentor; a controller and a counselor; a sage on the stage; a guide on the side. Every teacher has personal beliefs that bring the unique contribution to the learning situation. Teachers are not merely passive technician who dutifully execute a given set of teaching procedures rather active participants in the creation of classroom realities. A teacher assumes various roles like classroom management, interaction with learners, error correction and evaluation. Apart from this, managing large classes and use of technology in the class is another challenge for the teacher. An in-service teacher training is essential for teachers’ professional development and teaching competences.

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