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Effective teachers in fostering reticent Asian students' oral participation
Yeungnam University, Korea
Oral classroom participation is known to be
an important factor in the development of second language speaking skills.
This paper focuses on the teacher's role in fostering oral participation,
specifically among reticent Asian students in the ESL classroom.
Two effective teachers were explored. Qualitative
methodology was used to describe and explain the complex and interacting
factors involved in the social and personal sides of language use and learning
in the classroom.
Themes that emerged from examining effective
teachers include the following issues: the teacher's awareness of the importance
of classroom atmosphere, the teacher's understanding of various techniques
for enhancing atmosphere and promoting participation, the teacher's attitudes
towards and understanding of students as individuals, the importance of
purposeful planning, teaching style, and cultural sensitivity.
In addition, some useful questioning types for eliciting reticent students'
participation will be discussed.