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Mediation In The Mediterranean: Italy As A Crucible For Immigration And Intercultural Mediation, Nicole Patteuw Abetti Apr 2018

Mediation In The Mediterranean: Italy As A Crucible For Immigration And Intercultural Mediation, Nicole Patteuw Abetti

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Europe is again in an intense state of migration influx. While some European countries have historical precedence for these types of population shifts, Italy has largely remained outside the modern phenomenon, since it did not experience the economic boom of post WW2 and the subsequent demand for migrant workers, nor did it experience the pull effect of language migrants after the decolonization of Africa. Italy therefore also missed the second surge of migration during the 70’s and 80’s when families of these immigrants began arriving in Europe. What Italy did experience throughout the 20th century, and continues ...


Proposal For Implementing The Flipped Learning Method In Dentistry English, Zumrut Cassidy Jan 2018

Proposal For Implementing The Flipped Learning Method In Dentistry English, Zumrut Cassidy

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In traditional teaching, the information is given to the students in the class by the lecturer through different sources. The digestion of the information is done by the students at home. Therefore, the time that is allocated for the production and the practice of the taught subject becomes limited. Yes, "flipped learning" changes that totally. The idea behind it is schoolwork at home and homework in class. This study seeks to find out what flipped learning contributes to learning and how it deals with boosting the students' autonomy. In the flipped learning way of teaching, students are supposed to take ...


Experiences Learning English: A Case Study Of Adult Immigrants In Portland, Maine, Usa, Pamela L. Kasabian Jan 2016

Experiences Learning English: A Case Study Of Adult Immigrants In Portland, Maine, Usa, Pamela L. Kasabian

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The paper examines the process of English language acquisition for adult immigrants living in Portland, Maine, USA. The focus is on the process of language acquisition and integration into a new linguistic culture through analysis of personally narrated experiences of adult immigrants living in Portland, Maine. It seeks to expose similarities within highly individualistic linguistic journeys that contribute to investment and engagement in learning. In reviewing the data generated by the interviews, I hope to find situations to more deeply explore that could influence a more reciprocal learning culture for the mutual benefit of the language learner and the community ...


Addressing The Past, Embracing The Future: An Analysis Of How Historic Inequality Has Created Current Obstacles To Learning English In Brazil And A Proposal For A New Community-Based Approach, Aja C. Bryant Nov 2015

Addressing The Past, Embracing The Future: An Analysis Of How Historic Inequality Has Created Current Obstacles To Learning English In Brazil And A Proposal For A New Community-Based Approach, Aja C. Bryant

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This paper contextualizes current challenges to English learning in Brazil within the educational history of the country. It explores the ways in which language, both native literacy and foreign, has been used to set apart and advantage the elite class, while educational policy and approaches have served to pacify and control the majority. This history has left psychological, cultural, and economic legacies which inhibit learning today. Nevertheless, modern globalization is placing increasing pressure on Brazilians to achieve fluency in English and other languages. This paper briefly outlines the new and complex intellectual and social skills needed to participate in a ...


English Writing In The Micronesian Context, Sylvia Henry Aug 2015

English Writing In The Micronesian Context, Sylvia Henry

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How and what do students in EN 220, Writing for Teachers class, think when they write? This paper examines students' understanding of the differences between oral and written discourse, students' thought processes and how the processes correlate to their writing. The data were collected through actual classroom observations, surveys and two essays one written before the class and one at the end of the semester. How and what Micronesian students think links to how and what they write. Understanding how and what students think can help teachers in the Micronesian context develop and implement preventive teaching strategies for students to ...


Sit’S Low-Residency Master Of Arts In Tesol Program: Principles And Practices In Online Teaching And Learning, Jaime Durham Apr 2015

Sit’S Low-Residency Master Of Arts In Tesol Program: Principles And Practices In Online Teaching And Learning, Jaime Durham

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Coursework in the revisioned Low-Residency Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program at SIT Graduate Institute takes place primarily online. In this paper, the author examines the first two years of the program (which launched in 2013) from her experience as the program coordinator to illustrate how the MAT program’s foundational educational principles influence the program in the e-learning environment. The author uses the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework to give an overview analysis of the design and implementation of the online courses, to measure levels of social and cognitive presence among students, and ...


Breathe To Understand, Maxine Swisa Jan 2015

Breathe To Understand, Maxine Swisa

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BREATHE is an acronym for Breathe, Reflect, Empathize, Accept, Thank, Hearten, Engage. The addition of Understand allows for a holistic approach to living a healthy and balanced life both inside and outside the classroom. This paper took form as a result of my personal, spiritual journey, as well as my teaching practice. I noticed that the majority of my students enjoyed experiential activities that included time and space for self-reflection, relaxation and meditation. I began looking for books, seminars, and workshops that explored these areas. Deepak Chopra, Jonathan Kabat-Zinn, Dan Siegel, Eckhart Tolle, et al. offer insights into the benefits ...


Implementing An Extensive Reading Program In An Intensive University Eap Curriculum, Matthew Peel Jan 2015

Implementing An Extensive Reading Program In An Intensive University Eap Curriculum, Matthew Peel

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The goal of this project was to integrate an extensive reading (ER) program within an existing 8-week intensive reading curriculum in a university English for academic purposes (EAP) program. The merits of both intensive and extensive reading approaches were examined and used to develop the methodology for the ER program. Additionally, implementation parameters, as agreed upon by the EAP program director and academic coordinator, were used to determine the design and implementation of the ER program that was piloted on a low-intermediate level reading class. A method of anonymous student feedback, via questionnaires and reading logs, were developed and applied ...


American History Content-Based Instruction In China, Matthew K. Ingalls Jan 2015

American History Content-Based Instruction In China, Matthew K. Ingalls

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This project demonstrates materials developed over a three-year period in Chinese international schools for the teaching of U.S. history to ESL learners. It includes an outline for a two-year curriculum with a regular weekly cycle, as well as a close look at strategies and tested activities intended to facilitate understanding of this complex topic and to encourage students to participate beyond passive reception. Specific cultural issues of teaching U.S. history in China are discussed, including issues of ideology and censorship.


Examining Student Motivation In Saudi Arabia, Sarah Marie Springsteen Jan 2014

Examining Student Motivation In Saudi Arabia, Sarah Marie Springsteen

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Every year, thousands of people from all over the world travel to Saudi Arabia to teach English. As well, yearly, thousands of Saudi students receive a large portion of their English education from these expatriate teachers. Despite the millions of dollars spent on this educational process, the linguistic impact suffers greatly from a lack of understanding between teacher and student, often caused by undiscussed misconceptions. This paper is written in an effort to open a dialogue about the problems of motivation in the Saudi college and university prep-year programs. It analyzes student motivation using three different research techniques, and posits ...


Reflective Teaching Practices: Looking Beneath The Surface And Emergent Cyclical Experiential Learning Processes And Outcomes, Mazie E. Black Sep 2013

Reflective Teaching Practices: Looking Beneath The Surface And Emergent Cyclical Experiential Learning Processes And Outcomes, Mazie E. Black

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In this professional paper, I examined the kinds of processes I experienced for English language acquisition (ELA) in practice. This journey is about my transition from a generalist to a TESOL specialist. One of my most successful lessons was not in English, but a science lesson to students who were majority users of English as a second or third language. It was about the use of reflective and refractive telescopes. My approaches were very student centered and project based. They worked in groups, chose which type of telescope to make, kept journals with notes, drawings and key vocabulary, made inferences ...


Black English And Culture Meet The Mainstream Classroom, Giselle Robitaille Aug 2013

Black English And Culture Meet The Mainstream Classroom, Giselle Robitaille

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Learning English can often be a critical factor in people’s lives, and the choice to disengage from learning out of sheer frustration can have devastating psychological and social effects for people who need to acquire English in order to be able to fulfill academic, personal and professional goals. While I was not able to find statistics on a global level, it is easy to believe that English language learners do disengage frequently. This is most obvious in the United States where the Standard English (SE) model of teaching black children has resulted in a high level of disengagement with ...


Guided Discovery Grammar Instruction: A Review Of The Literature With Original Teaching Materials, Marcella Caprario Apr 2013

Guided Discovery Grammar Instruction: A Review Of The Literature With Original Teaching Materials, Marcella Caprario

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Although grammar instruction is a hotly debated facet of language teaching, a review of Second Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Instruction, and Educational Psychology literature reveals that inductive explicit grammar instruction is a viable method, which can generate positive learning outcomes. Studies have shown that learners tend to learn grammar more accurately and faster through explicit instruction. By utilizing inductive techniques, teachers can create a student-centered classroom that encourages critical thinking and problem solving, in addition to language study. With these principles in mind, I have created a series of guided discovery grammar worksheets, accompanied by the procedure and teaching notes ...


“Teach To The Middle”: A Double Case Study Of Two Multilevel Efl Classes In The Middle East, Teresa Hernandez Nov 2012

“Teach To The Middle”: A Double Case Study Of Two Multilevel Efl Classes In The Middle East, Teresa Hernandez

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The purpose of this paper is to develop a comprehensive understanding of multilevel classes. It examines the pedagogical challenges that teachers often face in this teaching context, but it also considers the implications for what multilevel classes indicate about access to education in the EFL teaching field. The author has opted to examine two distinct cases of multilevel classes in the Middle East that she taught from 2010-2011 and in 2012. The first was a remedial 7th grade English class called 7F in an international school in Erbil, the capital city of the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The second ...


Movement In Learning: Revitalizing The Classroom, Marcus Van Oct 2012

Movement In Learning: Revitalizing The Classroom, Marcus Van

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Movement is a vital part of our every day lives, and it is also important for a healthy brain. The following paper examines the shift from movement based learning to a more restrictive rote format, which often has adverse effects on learning. This work discusses the ways in which teachers are under pressure to “teach to the test” instead of creating student-centered classrooms. Some of the side effects of a test-centered approach are low self-esteem (from not meeting strict academic requirements) and behavioral problems in students.

Adding more movement to lessons can provide variation and relief from the rote-only system ...


Narrative Inquiry In The Language Classroom: An Incubator Of Identity And Growth Exploration, Olga Culver Oct 2012

Narrative Inquiry In The Language Classroom: An Incubator Of Identity And Growth Exploration, Olga Culver

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The paper examines narrative inquiry within the precepts of socio-cultural and ecological theories. The work touches upon constructivist learning ideologies and examines social approaches to learning with an emphasis on biographical narratives. The author makes a case for self-discovery, holistic learning, and creating collaborative learning environments. The study also presents a methodology with practical applications for implementing a narrative praxis in a second language learning environment.


Choices, Changes And Challenges: A Skills-Building Game For The Esl Classroom, Mark Feder Jan 1987

Choices, Changes And Challenges: A Skills-Building Game For The Esl Classroom, Mark Feder

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This project consists of a game designed to serve review purposes in the ESL classroom and an accompanying paper of explanation. The paper describes the origins and uses of the game as well as a rationale based on the author's learning and teaching assumptions. These assumptions involve the relation­ship of the cognitive, psycho-motor, and affective domains and the usefulness of small group work for addressing the combined requisites of these three areas. The features of the game, Choices, Changes and Challenges, are discussed in detail and their utility in meeting the special needs of the ESL class are ...


Cavepeople! And Other Roleplays For Students Of English As A Second Language, James Zorn Jan 1987

Cavepeople! And Other Roleplays For Students Of English As A Second Language, James Zorn

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This paper presents fifteen intermediate to advanced roleplays along with a general introduction and specific teaching notes for their use. The materials are especially useful as a supplementary resource for classes following a communicative, function-based curriculum. The majority of the roleplays take a conflict-resolution format in which the students must reach a consensus opinion on some problem before the roleplay can be said to be completed. The roleplay descriptions themselves follow a concise model and are oriented towards lighthearted, imaginative situations which nevertheless require students to actively use language to which they have been previously exposed.


Teaching In The Silent Way With A Focus On Idioms, Cynthia S. Wiseman Jan 1987

Teaching In The Silent Way With A Focus On Idioms, Cynthia S. Wiseman

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This paper is one which in essence summarizes how one teacher is trying to rethink teaching in light of the common sense principles presented in the Silent Way. The focus is teaching idioms because that was our focus in the class which served as a point of departure. However, the paper is not limited to teaching idioms in the classroom. It is more an attempt to outline and thereby understand teaching as it is presented in the Silent Way, as is evidenced by the emphasis on philosophy and techniques used in the Silent Way.


Handbook For Prospective Esl Teachers To Japan, Linda Veno-Kan Jan 1987

Handbook For Prospective Esl Teachers To Japan, Linda Veno-Kan

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This paper is a handbook for ESL teachers which high­lights problem areas in the Japanese ESL classroom that can affect teaching/learning effectiveness.

The introduction presents my specific teaching situation in Japan. The next section summaries the process which I use in analyzing the problem areas. Following are ten chapters each of which focuses on a problem area.

Each chapter points out both Japanese and American values in conflict and suggests teaching strategies for working with each area.


Ten Basic Grammar Hurdles For Mandarin Chinese Speakers: A Contrastive Guide For The Beginning Teacher Of Adult Mandarin Chinese Efl Students, Mark Anthony Steele Jan 1987

Ten Basic Grammar Hurdles For Mandarin Chinese Speakers: A Contrastive Guide For The Beginning Teacher Of Adult Mandarin Chinese Efl Students, Mark Anthony Steele

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This handbook is written specifically for EFL teachers of Mandarin Chinese speaking students at the high elementary and intermediate levels of study. It is intended, through contrastive analysis, to provide the teacher with:

a) an understanding of why these students have particular difficulty with certain structures and sentence patterns in English;

b) a tool in predicting what ten of these patterns are; and c) strategies and activities for use in the classroom that will help the student overcome these ten hurdles in learning English.

The plan of this handbook rests on the belief that the more we as teachers understand ...


Dyslexia And Language Acquisition, Bridget Ann Siedler Jan 1987

Dyslexia And Language Acquisition, Bridget Ann Siedler

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The purpose of this paper is to provide language teachers with a broader understanding of dyslexia. I will draw from my own experience as well as provide various viewpoints on dyslexia given by neurologists, therapists, special education teachers, and adults with problems that stem from dyslexia. This paper will not provide instant remedies for various learning disorders. Instead, I will discuss the problems a dyslexic faces in language acquisition. I will also offer some approaches and suggestions on ways to recognize specific problem areas. And finally, I will give teachers some suggestions on working effectively with dyslexic students.


Transactions: Chapter 1 Of A Proposed 10 Chapter Business English Video Text, Clifford Trevor Meyers Jan 1987

Transactions: Chapter 1 Of A Proposed 10 Chapter Business English Video Text, Clifford Trevor Meyers

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This is a prototype first chapter of a ten chapter Business English Video Text. It includes a student text, workbook, teacher guide and video. The materials are geared for Asians interested in trade and business. The title of this chapter is 'Greetings and Introductions'.


The Cartoon Cookbook – A Collection Of Stories For Teaching Esl, Carolyn Marie Manzi Jan 1987

The Cartoon Cookbook – A Collection Of Stories For Teaching Esl, Carolyn Marie Manzi

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This project is a collection of seven cartoon stories and follow-up exercises for teaching English As A Second Language. It is designed for intermediate and upper intermediate adult learners. Each cartoon has a specific grammatical or socio-linguistic focus. Communicative and written exercises follow each cartoon. The communicative activities are designed to engage students in conversation and creative group expression. The written exercises are of two types-: creative writing activities and traditional fill-in-the-blanks exercises. By engaging in these activities, ESL students may increase their competence in all the four skills areas. This collection of cartoon stories is not meant to be ...


A Beginner’S Guide To Teaching Esl Abroad, Peter Goldstone Jan 1987

A Beginner’S Guide To Teaching Esl Abroad, Peter Goldstone

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This paper is a guidedbook for novice teachers of English as a Foreign Language abroad. Each chapter and subsection is introduced by a letter from a different inexperienced teacher who has stumbled upon some perplexing aspect of the job. The guide is divided into four chapters which follow a chronological sequence of experiences likely to be encountered by the beginning teacher abroad. The first chapter deals with finding a job, and putting it into perspective with regard to approaches and teaching­ learning assumptions. The second chapter is concerned with gaining both theoretical and personal perspectives on learning, teaching, language, and ...


Using A Community Language Learning Approach In Large Classes In Japanese Universities, Carl Russel Adams Jan 1987

Using A Community Language Learning Approach In Large Classes In Japanese Universities, Carl Russel Adams

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This paper examines the effectiveness of the Community Language Learning approach in large English as a Foreign Language classes in Japanese universities, specifically, its effectiveness in developing conversational English skills.

The paper describes the experience of teaching freshman and sophomore university students, the majority unaccustomed to having a native speaking English teacher, in a full-year English conversation course (ninety minutes per week) for forty-five hours, using the Community Language Learning (CLL) approach and why and how it was implemented in these large classes. The major conclusions drawn from this study include: students can learn to interact in the target language ...


Storytelling In A Second-Language And Cross-Cultural Education: A Positive Approach To The Learner’S Unconscious Potential, Cynthia A. Jaffe Jan 1987

Storytelling In A Second-Language And Cross-Cultural Education: A Positive Approach To The Learner’S Unconscious Potential, Cynthia A. Jaffe

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The paper describes the technique, and rationale of storytelling in second-language and cross-cultural education. The storytelling technique is designed to approach learners through subconscious pathways, in order to reinforce their linguistic skills, to engender a positive attitude toward their learning of the second language and their involvement in the second culture, and to stimulate the development of their creative potentials. The paper includes an extensive rationale for the application of the technique, a description and step­-by-step manual for the application of the techniques and skills involved in the telling of tales, ideas on how to select stories appropriate to ...


A Video Curriculum For The Listening Comprehension Classes Of The Center For Intensive English Language Studies In Islamabad, Pakistan, John J. Hagedorn Jan 1987

A Video Curriculum For The Listening Comprehension Classes Of The Center For Intensive English Language Studies In Islamabad, Pakistan, John J. Hagedorn

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Having worked as a video specialist at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, I saw the opportunity to augment the listening comprehension curriculum at the Center for Intensive English Language Studies in Islamabad, Pakistan, with a supplementary curriculum based on the use of video materials while working there as an intern teacher in June - October, 1986. The curriculum was designed in answer to a demand for interesting materials that would aid in fulfilling one of CIELS' curricular goals to further prepare their students, all officials of the Pakistan government, both culturally and academically, for study in the United ...


Planning Task-Oriented Field Trips For Beginning Esl Students, Nikki Sarita Ellman Jan 1987

Planning Task-Oriented Field Trips For Beginning Esl Students, Nikki Sarita Ellman

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Field trips into the surrounding community can be valuable learning tools for ESL students living in the target country. These trips expose students to different facets of American culture and give them the opportunity to communicate with native speakers. Preliminary activities, tasks to be done during the trips, and follow-up activities all help students get the most out of these excursions. Beginners in particular need these activities to orient them to what they are going to see, to focus their attention, and allow them to process their feelings about the experiences. This paper addresses the many factors that must be ...


“Ritmos” Rhythmic Spanish Poems And Dialogues, Veronica Darer Jan 1987

“Ritmos” Rhythmic Spanish Poems And Dialogues, Veronica Darer

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This is a materials development project. It consists of "RITMOS", rhythmic poems and dialogues that supplement the teaching of oral Spanish.

The ''RITMOS" help students acquire the correct stress, intonation and pronunciation, while creating an opportunity for practice in a fun and non-threatening activity.

Each ''RITMO" focuses on different vocabulary words, grammatical structures and pronunciation difficulties.

Included is a recorded casette of the ''RITMOS" for demonstration purposes.

Even though the ''RITMOS" are targeted to beginning Spanish students, they can be adapted to more advanced levels.