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postgraduate thesis: Investigating the feasibility of adopting task-based language teachingin a university setting in Cambodia

TitleInvestigating the feasibility of adopting task-based language teachingin a university setting in Cambodia
Authors
Issue Date2010
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Meas, S.. (2010). Investigating the feasibility of adopting task-based language teaching in a university setting in Cambodia. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5017698
AbstractAs Carless (2007) and Johnson (2001) have pointed out, task-based language teaching (TBLT) has been a subject of immense interest within contemporary English language teaching. However, little is known about TBLT in the context of English as a foreign language such as Cambodia. Recognizing this gap, this study was initiated in order to investigate the feasibility of adopting TBLT in a university setting in Cambodia. The research method for this study involved semi-structured interviews with six university lecturers and a questionnaire survey with 143 third-year students at that same university. It also analyzed the current textbook and some supplementary teaching materials the six teachers used. The study found that a genuine task-based approach was not viable in this particular context due to several such constraints as students’ demands for direct grammar instruction; teachers’ insufficient knowledge of TBLT; teachers’ overriding use of an analytical P-P-P approach; the nature of the textbook; norm-referenced, knowledge-based examinations; etc. Rather, the findings suggested that task-supported language teaching might be more likely to be feasible in this setting. Based on these findings, pedagogic implications and the future research are discussed in the Cambodian context.
DegreeMaster of Education
SubjectLanguage and languages - Study and teaching (Higher) - Cambodia.
Second language acquisition.
Task analysis in education - Cambodia.
Dept/ProgramEducation
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/183342

 

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dc.contributor.authorMeas, Sopheak.-
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-26T06:54:28Z-
dc.date.available2013-05-26T06:54:28Z-
dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.citationMeas, S.. (2010). Investigating the feasibility of adopting task-based language teaching in a university setting in Cambodia. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5017698-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/183342-
dc.description.abstractAs Carless (2007) and Johnson (2001) have pointed out, task-based language teaching (TBLT) has been a subject of immense interest within contemporary English language teaching. However, little is known about TBLT in the context of English as a foreign language such as Cambodia. Recognizing this gap, this study was initiated in order to investigate the feasibility of adopting TBLT in a university setting in Cambodia. The research method for this study involved semi-structured interviews with six university lecturers and a questionnaire survey with 143 third-year students at that same university. It also analyzed the current textbook and some supplementary teaching materials the six teachers used. The study found that a genuine task-based approach was not viable in this particular context due to several such constraints as students’ demands for direct grammar instruction; teachers’ insufficient knowledge of TBLT; teachers’ overriding use of an analytical P-P-P approach; the nature of the textbook; norm-referenced, knowledge-based examinations; etc. Rather, the findings suggested that task-supported language teaching might be more likely to be feasible in this setting. Based on these findings, pedagogic implications and the future research are discussed in the Cambodian context.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.source.urihttp://hub.hku.hk/bib/B50176985-
dc.subject.lcshLanguage and languages - Study and teaching (Higher) - Cambodia.-
dc.subject.lcshSecond language acquisition.-
dc.subject.lcshTask analysis in education - Cambodia.-
dc.titleInvestigating the feasibility of adopting task-based language teachingin a university setting in Cambodia-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5017698-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Education-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineEducation-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.5353/th_b5017698-
dc.date.hkucongregation2010-

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