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Ong, Justina – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
This study examined classroom routine and interactional patterns of Grade 5 English Language reading comprehension lessons through delineating the speech act functions of instructional discourse that was based on Malcolm's sociolinguistic model (Malcolm, 1979a; Malcolm, 1979b; Malcolm, 1982; Malcolm, 1986). It also evaluated the classroom…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, English (Second Language), Speech Acts, Grade 5
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Coniam, David; Falvey, Peter; Xiao, Yangyu – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
This study investigates the perceptions of stakeholders on the impact of a high-stakes assessment of English language teachers' proficiency--the minimum language standards Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (English) [LPATE], which was introduced in 2000. Given that the test has now been in place for 17 years, the study investigates the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Silver, Rita Elaine; Png, Jessie – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2016
In this article, we describe and reflect on a collaborative, school-based professional development project (an "intervention") intended to encourage innovation in classroom teaching. Specifically, the intervention included a collaboration between university-based researchers/mentors and primary school teachers in Singapore who were…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Faculty Development, Intervention, Mentors
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Lee, Rachel – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2016
Despite the fact that Singaporean students consistently perform well in literacy tests such as the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, employers have reported that Singaporean employees in general lack confidence in articulating their views in the workplace. This may be attributed to the practice of teacher-fronted and monologic…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Loder Buechel, Laura – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2015
Elementary school English language teachers in Swiss public schools often question the role of writing in early years language instruction because there is a significant disparity in messages they receive from Board of Education members, from fellow teachers and from teacher trainers. This study describes the issues concerning writing in the first…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Krashen, Stephen; Loh, Elizabeth Ka Yee – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2015
There appears to be a dramatic decline in attitude toward reading between 2006 and 2011 for ten year-olds taking the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) examination. This "decline", however, is probably not real but is the result of a change in the attitude questionnaire, mentioned only in the fine print in the 2011…
Descriptors: Reading Attitudes, Trend Analysis, Reading Tests, Elementary School Students
Shrestha, Prithvi Narayan – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
English language teaching (ELT) has been investigated from various angles including how English language teachers perceive what happens in an ELT classroom. How primary school English language learners perceive their experiences of ELT is rarely reported in the published literature, particularly from developing countries such as Bangladesh. This…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Language Teachers
Choi, Seung-Yi; Li, Shaofeng – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2012
This study investigates the occurrence of corrective feedback and uptake in child ESOL classes. Transcripts of 8.1 hours of lessons in 6 ESOL classes in a New Zealand primary school were analysed to explore the relationship between errors, feedback, and uptake. The results revealed that there was a clear preference for recasts and explicit…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Error Correction, Feedback (Response), English (Second Language)
Li, Guofang; Ni, Xiaopeng – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2011
Drawing on survey data, this paper examines the patterns and perceptions of technology use by primary EFL teachers in China. Findings suggest that although Chinese EFL teachers hold positive attitudes toward the value of technology for teaching and learning, they use technology mainly for teacher-centered purposes, such as teaching preparation and…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Technology Integration, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology
Jones, Sally Ann – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2010
This article presents the findings of an observation study of reading lessons in English at Primary Three in Singapore. The aims of the study were first to establish whether a common pedagogy to teach reading in English exists at this transition year of children's schooling, and second what the cultural effects of this pedagogy might be for…
Descriptors: Reading Research, Foreign Countries, English, Reading Instruction
Shegar, Chitra – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2009
Buddy Reading, a peer tutoring programme, is popularly adopted in Singapore schools to increase the reading proficiency of lower primary children who are not reading at age appropriate levels. However, this programme is rarely subjected to systematic evaluation. In view of this, the present study undertakes an evaluation of the programme as it is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Peer Teaching, Program Descriptions, Reading Skills
Katsuyama, Hitomi; Nishigaki, Chikako; Wang, Jinfang – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2008
The effectiveness of early English education was investigated in this study to determine if English should be taught formally in Japanese public elementary schools. We administered English tests and questionnaires to 1466 elementary school students in 2004 and 2005. The results showed significant differences between the…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Elementary School Students, Learning Motivation, Achievement Tests
Tsou, Wenli – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2005
Many elementary EFL teachers in Taiwan have concerns in integrating target culture teaching into their language classrooms for reasons such as teachers' limited knowledge of the target culture, lack of time, lack of methods and materials. In order to persuade more language teachers to teach target language culture, guidelines about designing an…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Cultural Influences, Anthropology, Second Language Learning
Honna, Nobuyuki; Takeshita, Yuko – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2005
This paper describes Japan's most recent attempts to improve English teaching and learning at all levels of the education system both for students and teachers as well as for the public in general. Based on policy recommendations by several advisory committees, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has…
Descriptors: English Curriculum, Strategic Planning, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
Lee, Nancy; Huang, Yue Yuan – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2004
The English verb "be" has always been a perceived problem for Chinese ESL learners, however, few studies have been conducted with a specific focus on the interlanguage "be" of Chinese ESL learners. This paper examines the variable use of the English verb "be" of 270 Hong Kong primary school children for developmental…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Verbs, Interlanguage, Foreign Countries