Teachers' Beliefs and Classroom Practices in Malaysian ESL Secondary Classroom

Collin, Jerome and Moses Stephens Gunams, Samuel (2014) Teachers' Beliefs and Classroom Practices in Malaysian ESL Secondary Classroom. In: International Conference on Language Studies 2014.

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Numerous studies have examined the complex relationship between teachers’ pedagogical beliefs and classroom practices particularly the ways in which these practices do not always converge with teachers’ beliefs and the plethora of factors that govern such relationship (see Borg, 2003; Breen et al., 2001; Farrell & Lim, 2005; Gatbonton, 2008 ). The resea rch presented in this paper seeks to examine th is complexity by investigating the extent of convergence and divergence in a Malaysian ESL teacher’s pedagogical beliefs and classroom practices , and the contributing factors to the phenomenon . A case study of a novice female secondary school teacher teaching English to low - intermediate level learners in t wo lessons was conducted. The teacher’s beliefs about language learning and teaching were obtained via a questionnaire using Likert - scale , while the classroom pra ctices were analysed from video recordings of the t wo lessons. The questionnaire analysis showed that the teacher ’s beliefs not only exemplif ied those of nov ice teachers, but closely mirro red those who have extensive experience in the profess ion. The analysis of video recordings revealed that the teacher’s classroom practices converged with her beliefs about language teaching and learning, indicating the need to rethink current research on pedagogical beliefs and practices among experienced an d novice ESL teachers. Time constrain t , teaching experience, perceptions of student learning and other possible factors that govern the relationship are also discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teacher’s beliefs, classroom practices, Malaysian ESL classroom, non-native speakers of English,unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Language Studies & Communication Studies
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 06:20
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 02:36
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/11319

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