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Toward a Learning-centered EAP Instruction: An Attempt to Change Students' Reading Attitude

Kashef, Sayyed Hossein, Pandian, Ambigapathy and Khameneh, Sima Modir (2014). Toward a Learning-centered EAP Instruction: An Attempt to Change Students' Reading Attitude. Theory and Practice in Language Studies,4(1):39-45.

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Title Toward a Learning-centered EAP Instruction: An Attempt to Change Students' Reading Attitude
Author Kashef, Sayyed Hossein
Pandian, Ambigapathy
Khameneh, Sima Modir
Journal Name Theory and Practice in Language Studies
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 4
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1799-2591   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 39
End Page 45
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Academy Publication Co., Ltd
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract There have been remarkable improvements and modifications in TESOL methodology with the advent of post-method era; however, such changes are rarely implemented in fields like ESP. Therefore, a majority of learners and teachers are not satisfied with currently offered EAP courses. Hence, the present study aims at exploring the effect of a Learner-Centered Instruction on undergraduate students' reading attitude in an EAP context. Based on a pedagogical framework driven from Hutchinson and Waters’ Learning-Centered ESP approach, it was assumed that such an approach would be effective in changing students’ attitudes towards EAP reading through encouraging the use of effective strategies and learning skills. The participants aged 18 to 22, included 80 engineering students who were divided into an experimental group and a control group. Following a pretest, treatment and a posttest, the obtained data was analyzed using t-test to examine the effect of the independent variable, namely, method of instruction. The findings revealed that learning-centered EAP instruction improves reading attitude of EAP students. In addition, the findings provide implications for all EAP practitioners in general and Asian EAP practitioners in particular.
Keywords Learning-centered instruction
EAP
Reading attitude
Reading comprehension
Undergraduate EAP students
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.4304/tpls.4.1.39-45   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
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