Archives for February 2017

‘An Investigation of Intermediate EAP Students’ and Teachers’ Attitude towards Teacher Self-disclosure’ – Mohammad Ali Ayatollahi & Lida Moradizadeh Kermani

Abstract

Much research has been carried out on teacher self disclosure in the field of education in general and applied linguistics in particular. In spite of thorough research, popularity, and benefits, there are some gaps in the research of this area. To fill the gap, this study was set out to investigate the effects of teacher self disclosure on EAP students’ attitude toward self disclosures in language classes. Moreover, the present study attempted to if teacher self disclosure changes and approximates students’ attitude toward teachers’ attitude or not. The researcher recruited 60 students and 25 teachers to participate in the present study. The student participants were divided into two groups _control and experimental group_ and the treatment was mild doses of teacher self disclosure. Through using a quasi-experimental design, the researcher gathered the data through administering a questionnaire. The gathered data from pretest and post test questionnaire, using t-test procedure, were compared to find answers for this study’s research questions. The results indicated that there is a significant difference between teachers and students in terms of their attitude toward teacher self disclosure. Moreover, the results revealed that teachers self disclosure significantly affects students’ attitudes. However, further analysis of the data showed that even after students received treatment, there was yet a significant difference between teachers and students in terms of their attitude toward teacher self disclosure. The findings have implications for EFL teachers and course designers.

Index Terms: Teacher self disclosure, attitude toward learning, EAP.

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‘Evaluation of Two ESP textbooks for Nursing Students’ – Fatemeh Alipanahi & Neda Ghorbani

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This study aimed at evaluating the quality of two ESP textbooks: English for the Students of Nursing and Medical Terminology, and also comparing them from the viewpoints of students and teachers who used them in order to provide a clear picture of the current status of these textbooks. In this research, two forms of survey questionnaires were utilized to elicit the viewpoints of the participants including 54 nursing students and 1 teacher. Students’ questionnaire comprised of 23 items and teacher’s questionnaire comprised of 38 items which explored 7 main parts: practical considerations, layout and design, activities, skills, language type, subject and content and conclusion. There were also the students’ profile and needs analysis forms. Three kinds of computations were done on the gathered data: per-statement analysis, per-classification analysis, and two paired samples t-test to elicit the attitudes of the students and their teacher regarding these two textbooks, ESN and MT. The results indicated that teacher and students were not satisfied with most of the criteria which English for the Students of Nursing should fulfill. Moreover, the results showed no significant difference between the students’ and teacher’s opinions.

Index Terms: ESP; Materials; Materials evaluation; Textbook evaluation.

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