Circuit learning - Teacher’s and student’s reactions to an innovative approach in language teaching

Zarina Othman, Azizah Ya`Acob, Hazita Azman, Siew Ming Thang, Sharifahzurina Syed Kamarulzaman, Siti Hamin Stapa, Ruzy Suliza Hashim, Nor Hasni Mokhtar, Wan Nur’Asyikin Wan Mohamad

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This article reports on teachers’ and students’ reactions to “Circuit Learning” (CL), an innovative teaching approach implemented at a public tertiary institution in Malaysia. It highlights specifically observations made of the students’ reactions towards this new learning approach and the teachers’ perceptions towards its effectiveness in improving the English language learning experiences among low proficiency students in a Foundation English course. The analyses of findings suggest that majority of the students showed positive reactions towards CL, although some reservations were detected at the initial stage. Teachers’ reactions towards its effectiveness were generally mixed. Nonetheless both teachers and students identified many aspects of CL that were noteworthy, especially in the promotion of motivation and confidence among these students, hence indicating its feasibility and potential as a teaching innovation for ESL teaching and learning. This article begins by explicating the design and underpinnings of CL and this is followed by analyses of the responses from participating students as well as teachers through students’ questionnaires and students and teachers’ reflections. The paper concludes with implications and recommendations that promotes better the implementation of the CL approach

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-21
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Institutional Research South East Asia
Volume12
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • English language proficiency
  • ESL teaching methodology
  • Mentoring-coaching approach
  • Small group learning

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Circuit learning - Teacher’s and student’s reactions to an innovative approach in language teaching. / Othman, Zarina; Ya`Acob, Azizah; Azman, Hazita; Thang, Siew Ming; Syed Kamarulzaman, Sharifahzurina; Stapa, Siti Hamin; Hashim, Ruzy Suliza; Hasni Mokhtar, Nor; Wan Mohamad, Wan Nur’Asyikin.

In: Journal of Institutional Research South East Asia, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2014, p. 5-21.

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