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‘Feedback and Learning English Collocation’ by Fatemeh Alipanahi & Maryam Naghiloo

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This study investigated the effects of feedbacks on collocation learning by intermediate EFL learners. Fifty five intermediate EFL learners from a language institute constituted the participants of the study. They were females, aging from 17 to23. Oxford Placement Test (OPT) (2004) was administered to the population to have participants of approximately equal level of English language proficiency. 42 homogenous learners were selected and were randomly assigned into three experimental groups. . Then, in order to choose the unfamiliar collocations to be instructed during experiment—the researcher selected 140 collocations and administered them to the selected learners. There were 100 collocations with which learners were unfamiliar. During the instruction, each group received one type of feedback; Group A received direct feedback, Group B received indirect feedback, and Group C received self-correction feedback. There was no control group. At the end, a post-test was administrated to the groups. The results of One-Way ANOVA and Paired-Samples t-test revealed that feedbacks had positive effect on collocation learning of the students; however, students in indirect feedback group outperformed the direct and self-correction feedback groups. The results can lead EFL teachers and practitioners to carefully examine specific educational context and learners’ needs before the application of different feedbacks.

Index Terms: Collocation, Direct feedback, Indirect feedback, Self-correction feedback.

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Volume 6 – Issue 6

  1. ICT and its role in English Language Teaching ClassroomsAuthor/s: R. D. Gomathi & D. Ramya
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  2. Modes of Learning English as a Second Language and the Role of Motivation: A case study on the second year students of the Faculty of Arts, University of JaffnaAuthor/s: Dr. Mrs. Shanmugayogini Ravindran
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  3. Exploring Short Stories to Design Tasks for Developing Language Profi-ciency and Life ValuesAuthor/s: Dr. P. Bharathi & Dr. V. Aparna Reddy
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  4. The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Reading Com-prehension of Iranian EFL Learners
    Author/s: Fatemeh Alipanahi & Hadis Tariverdi
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  5. Evaluation of Two ESP textbooks for Nursing Students
    Author/s: Fatemeh Alipanahi & Neda Ghorbani
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  6. An Investigation of Intermediate EAP Students’ and Teachers’ Attitude towards Teacher Self-disclosure
    Author/s: Mohammad Ali Ayatollahi & Lida Moradizadeh Kermani
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‘Exploring Short Stories to Design Tasks for Developing Language Profi-ciency and Life Values’ – Dr. P. Bharathi & Dr. V. Aparna Reddy

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English language teaching in Engineering colleges has the dual aim of developing proficiency in language skills and inculcating ethical values. This can be done effectively by adapting authentic literary texts and designing tasks to achieve the aims. It is a common conviction that language and literature are complementary to each other where language gives meaning and shape to the ideas and emotions that are culturally bound. So language cannot be taught in isolation where it becomes incomplete and perilous. In this paper a short story by O. Henry, “The Last Leaf “ is selected and  various  tasks   pertaining to  developing language skills as well as ethical values  are presented . Tasks related to character building, soft skills and sensitivity to life values are highlighted where by the interest of students in language learning can be enhanced.

Keywords: ELT, ESL.

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‘Modes of Learning English as a Second Language and the Role of Motivation: A case study on the second year students of the Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna’ – Dr. Mrs. Shanmugayogini Ravindran

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The introduction of technology has altered the modes of learning and teaching of English as a second language. More and more online courses are being introduced. The learners find short cuts to obtain diploma and degree certificates. The private tuition centers too are becoming a challenge to face to face modes of learning. Unlike the earlier times the present day learners and teachers of ESL face a lot of challenges. Hence they need to be stimulated to learn and teach ESL.

The current study is aimed at exploring the role of motivation in ESL learning on the second year students of the Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna.  Fifteen members of staff from the English Language  Teaching Centre  were interviewed and sixty  second year students were administered a questionnaire comprising 20 item rating from ‘very interesting’ to ‘boring’. It was hypothesized that motivation plays a crucial role in learning ESL. The hypothesis was tested using the data collected from the questionnaire survey and interview with the staff and the results have been discussed in favour of the research questions formed in this study. The study revealed the fact that motivation plays an important role in learning ESL.

Keywords: Modes of learning, motivation, ESL.

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‘ICT and its role in English Language Teaching Classrooms’ – R. D. Gomathi & D. Ramya

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The Present scenario technology has contributed a lot to the society. Moreover it has changed the methodology of teacher-centered to learner-centered through ICTs. It is the term that is widely in use to explain the novel technologies that rely chiefly on computers, internet, satellite and all wireless technologies. In addition to that, the technologies that are considered conventional such as radio, telephone and television have been considered as Information and Communication Technologies. These abled tools are now used together to form a networked environment on English Language Teaching. It enhances the interest of the students and commits themselves to work effectively. The usage of ICT in English Language Teaching is the need of an hour and the teacher is expected to follow both traditional and innovative pedagogies in teaching and learning modes.

Keywords: ELT, ICT.

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