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Title: Use of Students’ Native Culture as a Resource in the EFL Classroom: The Case of Second Year English Majors in the Department of English Language Education of AAU
Advisors: Ato Tibebe Alemayehu( Associate Professor)
Copyright: 2008
Date Added: 17-Jan-2009
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: The study attempted to investigate the use of students’ native culture as a resource in English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom among the second year English majors of the Department of English Language Education of College of Education in Addis Ababa University (AAU). Descriptive survey method was used in the study. In addition, Addis Ababa University (AAU) was selected as a study site. The primary sources of data for the study were also second year English majors in the Department of English Language Education of the College of Education in AAU and their Communicative skills course instructors during the 2007/08 Academic Year. In the second semester of 2007/08 Academic Year, two sections of students took the Communication Skills course II (FLEE 202), which is a subsequent of Communicative Skills course I (FLEE 201) taken during the first semester. Out of eighty students taking the course, seventy were included as subjects in the study with four of their teachers who had given them the aforementioned courses in both semesters. Ten students were unavailable during the data collection process for various reasons. In order to achieve the objectives of the study, questionnaire, interview, classroom observation and document analysis were used as instruments of data collection. In the pilot study, data gathering was carried out immediately after designing the two sets of questionnaires in order to verify their validity. The opinion of experts familiar with the topic was also sought on the adapted instruments before administering them. After carefully gathering the appropriate data using the four instruments of data collection, the data was analyzed in an integrated manner using different statistical tools and narration. Therefore, frequency counting, percentage, mean and description of some qualitative data were applied to analyze and describe the data. It was found out that the teachers were aware of the value of using students’ native culture as a resource in their classrooms. But, they only sometimes incorporated it owing to the lack of time, appropriate course book and related teaching experience. Teachers need to judiciously implement this approach in line with relevant research findings by taking in to account the role incorporating students’ native culture can play in improving cultural inter-group relationships.
Description: A Thesis Presented to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature (Graduate Program) In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1914
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Thesis - Teaching English as a Foreign Language

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