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The “What E.L.S.E.” Resource Guide For E.S.L. Students, Marc A. Santamaria Dec 2014

The “What E.L.S.E.” Resource Guide For E.S.L. Students, Marc A. Santamaria

Master's Projects and Capstones

This field project is a resource guide for ESL students who want to study English on their own. This resource guide is ideal for motivated students who are at least high intermediate to advanced English students. This guide helps students create learning strategies that help them learn efficiently. There are three main sections of the resource guide: 1) vocabulary; 2) reading; and 3) writing. These three main sections provide students with exercises that also teach them how to further their English studies after finishing the resource guide.


Student Perceptions Of Motivation And Their Impact On Effort And Performance: A Grounded Theory Study Of Affect And Achievement Motivation, Marc Simmons Jan 2014

Student Perceptions Of Motivation And Their Impact On Effort And Performance: A Grounded Theory Study Of Affect And Achievement Motivation, Marc Simmons

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Motivation research is plentiful but applications of motivation in the academic environment remain sparse. This study examined student perceptions of motivation in relation to their effort and academic achievement. This research centered upon four research questions: 1) To what extent do student perceptions confirm extant motivation literature? 2) How do student perceptions of interest, effort, motivation, and achievement relate to one another? 3) How do affective states relate to students’ perceptions of effort and performance? 4) To what degree can students self-identify motivating or demotivating factors? Several findings emerged from this study. The most surprising was the connection between motivation ...


Investigating The Effects Of Facilitating A Participatory Action Research Study At A High School With Small Learning Communities, Elizabeth Willingham Ferrell Jan 2014

Investigating The Effects Of Facilitating A Participatory Action Research Study At A High School With Small Learning Communities, Elizabeth Willingham Ferrell

Dissertations

In this dissertation, I present three frameworks through which participatory action research (PAR) can be investigated. PAR is a cyclical process through which members of a community identify a problem, create a solution that is customized to their setting, implement their solution, and collect data to assess their improvement plan's effectiveness and to guide modifications for subsequent iterations. In each of three articles, I focus on one framework, its contributing theories, and present findings from my nine month study which took place at a high school on Chicago's northwest side. Each article and framework has its own guiding ...


The Potential Of Automatic Speech Recognition For Fostering Pronunciation Learners' Autonomy, Shannon Michelle Mccrocklin Jan 2014

The Potential Of Automatic Speech Recognition For Fostering Pronunciation Learners' Autonomy, Shannon Michelle Mccrocklin

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Despite ESL students frequently reporting a need or desire to work on their pronunciation in English, pronunciation is often downgraded as a teaching goal and often pushed aside in favor of other skills (Kelly, 1969; Lang, Wang, Shen, & Wang, 2012). Students that want to practice outside of class are likely to feel at a loss because they struggle to monitor their own speech and may not be able to get the feedback necessary to make improvements to their pronunciation. Students need skills, strategies, and resources that will allow them to work on their pronunciation on their own, less reliant on ...