17th Symposium in Language Education

February 27, Friday
(EDUC 3025, School of Education)

Double Dutch:Language, identity and Representation in Urban Youth media production

Ted Hall, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education

What are you thinking?: Metacognitive strategy during online reading

Vichea In, Suphawat Pookcharoen, Yoo-Jean Lee, & James Kigamwa, Ph.D. Students

This cross-cultural study examines EFL university students' use of metacognitive online reading strategies. An online survey was administered to 132 students 8 of whom were then selected for a long-distance think-aloud reading task. The students were from four different countries: Thailand, South Korea, Cambodia, and Kenya. The results focus on the students? self-reported and actual use of strategies.

Awareness of using technology in the English as a foreign language teacher training education in Macedonia with language methodology teachers

Emilija Zlatkovska, Ph.D. Student

Considering the changes that occur throughout the world related to the character of the learners and education in general, the vast influence and worldwide spread of technology, especially in the 21st century, the purpose of this study is to learn about the awareness and plausibility of using technology for teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in Macedonia as part of the pre-service EFL teacher education.

Referring to Hall and Hord's (1987) Concerns-Based Adoption model, this study specifically examined the awareness, way of teaching, and concerns of current EFL teaching methodology instructors at one private and one state university when preparing their students in their senior year to use technology in teaching EFL. The study also surveyed 87 students' perception on propensity to use technology as part of their future employment as EFL teachers in the schools in Macedonia considering their level of preparedness to use technology. The ultimate goal of this study is to possibly provide recommendations for instilling change in the EFL teacher training curriculum by raising the level of awareness about using technology in EFL teaching methodology professors at the universities across Macedonia.

There are multiple definitions of technology and substantial amount of literature about the meaning of this term to different groups of people working in different fields. However, in this study by technology I mean computers, using the Internet and the softwares available on the web. The nature and the quality of the learning with technology is debatable in many aspects, however, this issue is beyond the scope of this study.

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