(NATIONAL TAIWAN NORMAL UNIVERSITY)
WEI-TECH LEE (Ming-hsin University of Science and Technology)
A STUDY OF CREATING AN IDEAL ENGLISH LEARNING ENVIRONMENT THROUGH A HOLISTIC APPROACH : LANGUAGE LEARNING
Many previous studies revealed that English as a foreign language (EFL) learners are less likely to develop solid communication skills with foreigners due to many reasons, such as their low motivation, weak language proficiency, and learning strategies. As a matter of fact, students nowadays are poorly motivated and tend not to buy teachers’ product. This factor has long been overlooked in EFL teaching. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to propose a holistic packaging concept approach to draw students’ attention and also enhance their learning motivation. This study attempts to investigate students' reflection, feedback, and motivation after attending an intensive English summer camp. The data collection through one set of open-ended questionnaire and interviews will address two research questions: (1) What are the students' ideal learning environment? (2) What kinds of teaching approaches will draw students' attention in the classroom? The results and discussion will provide theoretical and pedagogical implications.
Jung-yi (Eleanor) Lee is a second-year student in the Department of English at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan. Her academic interests include learning strategies and English teaching methodologies.
Wei-teh (William) Lee is Assistant Professor of the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at Minghsin University of Science and Technology in Hsin-chu, Taiwan. He received his Doctoral Degree in TESOL from Alliant International University in the U.S. in 2010. His academic interests include pragmatics, TESOL pedagogy, and research methodology.