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Daniela Gomes de Araújo Nóbrega
Signótica , 2012, DOI: 10.5216/sig.v24i2.17248
Abstract: This article discusses the importance of the students’ spontaneous smile in EFL classroom interaction, and its implication to their oral production. Findings proved that the students’ spontaneous smile served as a fundamental interactive nonverbal sign for it not only favors a closer relation among students, but also helps them in the co-construction of oral activities in group works. In sum, the students’ spontaneous smile appeared to be a nonverbal indicative of proximity and of increasing oral interaction among them.
The Research on Willingness to Communicate in Chinese Students’ EFL Study  [cached]
Li Fu,Xuesong Wang,Yang Wang
Journal of Language Teaching and Research , 2012, DOI: 10.4304/jltr.3.1.112-117
Abstract: Willingness to communicate (WTC) has been a hot topic and focus all through these recent years in linguistics and EFL education in China. This paper makes a research on various factors that influence Chinese students’ willingness to communicate in their EFL study. It also carries on an investigation on how WTC factors affect learners’ class participation. The characteristics of Chinese students’ WTC are also discussed. Lastly, the authors point out that EFL teachers should provide more opportunities for their students to experience success, create a good and safe learning environment and help learners to improve their WTC ability.
The Identification of Demotives in EFL University Students  [PDF]
Masoume Bahramy,Mahdi Araghi
International Journal of Basics and Applied Science , 2013,
Abstract: Demotives, the opposite side of motives, dramatically affect EFL learners. The learners, once motivated to learn English, lose their interest and energy so that learning English would transform into a suffering and time-consuming task. The present study, conducted among payam-Nour1. University English students was an effort made to investigate whether the students apparently highly-motivated to learn English have experienced challenges demotivating them from learning English and if so, what are the major causes of demotivation/ discouragement –being prevalent among Payam Nour University English students? 60 junior English student – predominately female students were asked to write a short essay on their experiences of demotivation throughout their English studies. To derive authentic data, students received no prior orientation or pre-judgment on the issue and to avoid any difficulty in writing, they were asked to write in their own native language –i.e. Persian.
Compound Prepositions Used by Iraqi EFL University Students  [cached]
Ahmed Mohammed Ali Abu Humeid
International Journal of English Linguistics , 2013, DOI: 10.5539/ijel.v3n2p98
Abstract: There is no logical reason why one compound preposition is right in a certain context, whereas another one is wrong. To use compound prepositions correctly is difficult because most of them have several functions. In addition, different prepositions have sometimes similar uses. Such prepositions cause difficulty to Iraqi EFL university students because syllabus designers and teachers do not concentrate on such sort of prepositions. This study aims at identifying and analyzing the errors Iraqi EFL university students encounter in using such prepositions and finding the reasons behind students’ errors. A diagnostic test is designed and applied to a sample of 100 Iraqi EFL university students at their third year. In the light of the students’ responses, it can be concluded that the majority of Iraqi EFL university students fail to recognize and produce such propositions. Moreover, they do not realize the function of such prepositions because they do not discern their meanings and most books of grammar do not list their meanings or uses. As such, the researcher uses Hornby (2006) to clarify their meanings. The subjects’ errors are attributed to the following factors: (i) interlingual transfer, (ii) intralingual transfer, (iii) context of learning, and (iv) communication strategies.
Study of the Communication Strategies Used By Iraqi EFL Students at Tertiary Level  [cached]
Raed Latif Ugla,Nur Ilianis Adnan,Mohamad Jafre Zainol Abidin
International Journal of Evaluation and Research in Education , 2012, DOI: 10.11591/ijere.v2i1.1812
Abstract: This study investigates the kinds of communication strategies (CSs) used by Iraqi EFL students. The data analysed in this study were collected in Baghdad University. The study was quantitative in nature where a questionnaire adopted from Dornyei and Scott’s taxonomy of CSs (1995). This questionnaire was used to elicit the findings. The subject consisted of fifty Iraqi EFL students. The results obtained show different kinds of CSs used by Iraqi EFL students. The pedagogical and recommendations were provided in this study.
Flora Debora Floris
TEFLIN Journal , 2009,
Abstract: : The present study attempts to investigate kinds of reading skills that EFL (English as a Foreign Language) University students have difficulty with. For this purpose, two reading tests which covered seventeen kinds of reading skills were developed and administered to ten students of batch 2003 studying at an English Department of a private university in Surabaya, Indonesia. The analysis showed that each reading skill had different level of difficulty for the respondents..
Favorable and Unfavorable Characteristics of EFL Teachers Perceived by University Students of Thailand  [cached]
Jun Chen
International Journal of English Linguistics , 2012, DOI: 10.5539/ijel.v2n1p213
Abstract: Teachers play pivotal roles in EFL classrooms. Characteristics of EFL teachers may affect students’ attitudes and motivations to language learning. The effective/good characteristics of the EFL teachers perceived by the students have been extensively investigated by the previous research works. However, the perceptions of the students from different backgrounds to EFL teachers may vary in different learning settings. In addition, the research works on both favorable and unfavorable characteristics of EFL teachers are comparatively scarce. This study aimed to investigate the favorable and unfavorable characteristics of the EFL teachers perceived by Thai university students. The data were collected from 6o students at Vongchavalitkul University. Open-ended questionnaires and semi-structured interviews were used as the main instruments for data collection. Useful information about EFL teachers’ personal trait-related characteristics and classroom teaching-related characteristics emerged from the data. The information is very useful and beneficial for the EFL teachers to reflect their personal characteristics and reconsider their classroom teaching, which may be very helpful for them to do some adjustment and preparation in their teaching to achieve better education results.
Environmental Assessment for Health Tourism in Ba?os de Agua Santa, Ecuador  [PDF]
Gutiérrez L. Ruiz, Cespedes D. García, Ramirez R. Covarrubias
Journal of Environmental Protection (JEP) , 2017, DOI: 10.4236/jep.2017.87050
Abstract: The aim of this study is to apply the methodology for assessment of environmental impact of the heritage town with health tourism interest that is assessed. Health tourism is based on the appropriate employment of natural resources, landscapes and the natural and cultural heritage of a place. In order to carry out the study, a set of both theoretical and empirical methods were used to analyze the case of Ba?os de Agua Santa. The theoretical methods include the analysis and synthesis employed throughout the research process, as well as in the bibliographic study and the evaluation of the information obtained. In addition, the inductive-deductive method was employed to analyze, process, and treat the information and data that were used frequently in this work. As for the empirical methods, the researchers employed participatory techniques with community stakeholders, in order to gather information through interviews. Also, researchers conducted direct observation of community activities. The automated method software is used which requires a baseline study of the environment assessment in Tungurahua, Ecuador, to be prepared. In addition, the analysis of the social perception on tourism of the local people from the course work of students at the UIDE shall be applied. The conclusions of the case studies undertaken allow for strategic proposals and recommendations to be prepared so that they can be incorporated into the management plans for health tourism in the town with natural heritage value.
Exploring students' EFL writing through hypertext design
López,María Eugenia;
Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal , 2006,
Abstract: this research analyzes the processes students undergo when writing hypertexts collaboratively. this qualitative case study provides an overall picture of students' efl writing through hypertext design. it is a collaborative experience which explores and documents how students deal with grammatical, textual and pragmatic aspects when writing hypertexts. this study draws upon data collected during a semester con ducted with engineering students at a university in 2003. students' hypertexts, audio recordings, students' reflection logs and an interview were used as main data collection sources. two main categories emerged as a result of triangulating evidence: "process of collaborative hypertext writing and negotiation" and "use of concept mapping and other strategies to overcome difficulties in hypertext writing".
Learning Style Preferences of EFL College Students and Their Causes  [PDF]
Wei-Huan Chang, Hui-Jing Hsiao, I-Ju Chen
Open Journal of Modern Linguistics (OJML) , 2019, DOI: 10.4236/ojml.2019.92006
Abstract: This study investigated the learning styles of two students of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at the college level in Taiwan. Using a learning style preference checklist and semi-structured interview, their perceptional learning styles were first explored in terms of preferences and the underlying reasons for these preferences. Two participants with different majors participated in the present study. The results indicated that the learner majoring in a business-related field preferred the auditory style of learning, whereas the learner with a design background favored the haptic style. Learning background may play a vital role in the development of a learner’s learning style. Learning preferences may also relate to a student’s learning experience and peer learning performance. Style preferences in the EFL learning environment may change over time, across contexts, and between different tasks.
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