Exploring Changes in English Teaching Techniques and Learners Response
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Institute of Education and Research,
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Sabiha Sultana is at present an M.Phil researcher at the Institute of Education and Research; University of Dhaka with the EIA-DU-OU UK collaboration program. She is also a lecturer at the department of education in a university of Bangladesh.
English in Action (EIA), is a language development program in Bangladesh working to enhance students’ English language competence and performance. EIA is initiating various teaching learning techniques in the English language classroom such as group work, pair work, role playing, and choral dialogue. During the pilot phase, the project trained English language teachers at 21 Upazilas (sub-districts) across the country. This paper will investigate those teaching techniques, specifically, at the secondary level of English classes. It will explore the viewpoint of the students as to how EIA is impacting on their learning English. For collecting data, a teachers’ questionnaire, students’ questionnaire, semi-structured interviews of teachers, and group interviews of students were conducted in the EIA intervention schools. The data collected from Kapasia Upazila of Gazipur district in Bangladesh are the basis of analysis. For collecting data five out of ten EIA intervention high schools were selected randomly. Ultimately, this paper will come up with an attempt to draw a picture of the EIA teaching / learning techniques in the English language classrooms with students’ responses toward these practices.