Florentina Taylor, Vera Busse, Lubina Gagova, Emma Marsden and Barbara Roosken
This paper explores the relationship between identity perceptions, declared learner achievement and teacher perceptions. The importance of providing a personally relevant learning and teaching environment is discussed and the report provides several practical suggestions of how this can be achieved.
The British Council works closely with universities and other research institutions to fund and publish ELT research. The Research Papers series gathers together the outputs of these partnerships and collaborations. This volume gathers together research published since 2009. This volume also includes reports of research not conducted within the Partnership scheme.
Jeannette Littlemore, Fiona MacArthur, Alan Cienki and Joseph Holloway In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of international students studying at British universities. This paper reports on a study of oral interactions between lecturers and international students studying at a British university and a Spanish one.
Simon Borg, School of Education, University of Leed and Saleh Al-Busaidi, The Language Centre, Sultan Qaboos University
Learner autonomy has been the subject of many studies but there have been fewer studies of what learner autonomy means to teachers. This study, conducted in Oman, reports on teacher beliefs and reported practices regarding learner autonomy. Data were collected through questionnaires and interviews.
Elizabeth J. Erling, Philip Seargeant, Mike Solly, Qumrul Hasan Chowdhury and Sayeedur Rahman There is only limited evidence showing a relationship between the English language and development. This ethnographic survey conducted in 2 rural communities in Bangladesh investigates the needs and aspirations of the local community in order to better understand how English language education could contribute to development.
Helen Emery This research paper reports on a global study of primary English teachers’ qualifications, training, teaching experience and career development. Nearly 2,500 teachers completed an electronic survey. In-depth face-to-face interviews were also conducted. The study raises issues which it is felt should be taken up by ELT providers but teachers were overwhelmingly positive in their attitudes towards the profession.
Jelena Mihaljević Djigunović Children are starting to learn English at increasingly younger ages. This paper researches the phenomenon from a contextualised perspective. Data were collected from 173 Croatian YLs of EFL whose progress was followed for three years. The work formed part of the ELLIE project. The contextualised approach can offer broader and deeper insights into EFL learning. The paper concludes with recommendations for further research.
Clare Wardman This research paper reports on a study conducted in the north of England into the provision of support for children who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL). She places her work into the international context and develops five recommendations for action. These include training new teachers on EAL issues and enhancing the dialogue between schools who have similar requirements in order to limit wasting time and money.
Will Baker This research paper, by Will Baker, reports on a study conducted in Thailand into the development of an online course in intercultural awareness and communication. The findings of this study demonstrate generally positive responses both to the course contents and the online delivery. Both e-learning and the cultural dimension of ELT have grown in prominence.