EFL proficiency level and differences in Japanese secondary school students' views on the need for pedagogical change

O'Neill, Shirley (2009) EFL proficiency level and differences in Japanese secondary school students' views on the need for pedagogical change. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 5 (1). pp. 49-71.

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Abstract

This research focuses on Japanese high school students’ views about EFL pedagogy and investigates whether their views differ according to their English language proficiency level as measured by the STEP test and their teachers’ pedagogical approach. It explores in greater depth this aspect of a larger study conducted by Ingram, Kono, O’Neill and Sasaki (2008). The views of those who performed at a higher level on the STEP test were compared with the views of those who reported lower levels of performance on the STEP test. Comparisons were made in relation to the two groups’ views on perceived changes to the way they may learn English given the opportunity. Insights into pedagogical issues are gained when these student views are considered in relation to teachers’ reports about their frequency of use of a range of language learning experiences. It was found that higher proficiency students tended to be more aware of the kinds of language learning experiences that would best facilitate their acquisition of the language and that their recommendations for change concurred substantially with the gaps identified in the teachers’ current practice. Overall, the research identifies a need for pedagogical change to facilitate students’ practical and functional use of English and the uptake of ICTs to link into communicating for real-life purposes in English. It highlights that students become more aware of the way they learn the language as their English proficiency increases. It also raises the issue of potential professional learning needs of EFL teachers and the priority for further research to investigate in more depth the possible constraints for both students and teachers in facilitating pedagogical change.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Shirley O'Neill
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010 05:07
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: english as a foreign language; language pedagogy; language testing; secondary EFL learners; use of ICTs in EFL
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200202 Asian Cultural Studies
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7186

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