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A mixed methods study of "English Corners" funded by the Taiwan Ministry of Education "Program for Promoting Teaching Excellence of Universities"
Barry Lee Reynolds
2019-11-01
Source PublicationApplied Linguistics Review
ISSN1868-6303
Volume10Issue:4Pages:561-590
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This investigation explored Taiwanese university students' and professors' perceptions of the effectiveness of "English Corner" in improving second language ability. Qualitative and quantitative data was collected through student attendee questionnaires (n = 256); teaching logs (n = 2); and teaching excellence university professor questionnaires (n = 70). Item analysis and factor analysis was conducted to uncover factors affecting students' perceptions of English Corner and qualitative content analysis using In Vivo and Emotion coding revealed themes affecting "English Corner" success or failure. Overall, findings indicate "English Corner" has the most influence on students' willingness to speak in English and their enjoyment in speaking English. These results are encouraged by administration supported flexible teachers that apply various scaffolding techniques during lessons. However, analysis also indicated that success of "English Corner" is highly contextualized, with professors from teaching excellence universities possessing a dichotomized view of "English Corner" effectiveness.

KeywordEducation Funding English As a Foreign Language English Corner Informal Learning Language Policy Speaking
DOI10.1515/applirev-2017-0046
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Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI ; AHCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaLinguistics
WOS SubjectLinguistics ; Language & Linguistics
WOS IDWOS:000491262400006
PublisherWALTER DE GRUYTER GMBH
Scopus ID2-s2.0-85074602376
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorBarry Lee Reynolds
AffiliationFaculty of Education,University of Macau,Taipa, Macau SAR,Room 1017, FED Building (E33), Avenida da Universidade,Macao
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Barry Lee Reynolds. A mixed methods study of "English Corners" funded by the Taiwan Ministry of Education "Program for Promoting Teaching Excellence of Universities"[J]. Applied Linguistics Review,2019,10(4):561-590.
APA Barry Lee Reynolds.(2019).A mixed methods study of "English Corners" funded by the Taiwan Ministry of Education "Program for Promoting Teaching Excellence of Universities".Applied Linguistics Review,10(4),561-590.
MLA Barry Lee Reynolds."A mixed methods study of "English Corners" funded by the Taiwan Ministry of Education "Program for Promoting Teaching Excellence of Universities"".Applied Linguistics Review 10.4(2019):561-590.
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