What happens during university lecture Introductions? A case study at a Malaysian University

Ting , Su Hie and Yeo , Jacinta Jiin-Yih (2010) What happens during university lecture Introductions? A case study at a Malaysian University. In: Borneo International Conference on Language and Literature (BiCOLL), "Unity in Diversity", June 7-9, 2010, Kuching, Sarawak. (Unpublished)


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This study examined teaching and learning practices in lecture introduction in an institution of higher learning, with a particular focus on the content of lecture introductions. A case study was conducted at a Malaysian university, involving lecturers from seven faculties. Forty-seven lecture introductions were audio-taped, transcribed and analysed based on the framework of lecture introductions proposed by Schuck (1970) and Davies (1981). The results revealed that there were four main components of lecture introduction, namely, activating students' prior knowledge, stating aims and objective of the lecture; pointing out importance of mastering the knowledge ; and making announcements and giving instructions. Activating students' prior knowledge emerged as the main purpose of the lecture introductions. To engage students in a communicative discussion, the lecturers made use of questions and both first- and second-person pronouns. However, as the students were generally passive in their responses, the lecturers were found to take control over the speech event throughout the lecture introduction. This study offered insights on the importance of lecturers paying attention to the non-interactive elements and presentation styles to ensure a substantial impact on the learning process.

Item Type: Proceeding (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS, teaching and learning, lecture introduction, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Centre for Language Studies (rebranded to FLSCS in 2015)
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2014 05:53
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2015 06:54
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/832

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