Teachers' questioning approaches in the malaysian ESL classroom

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Teachers' questioning has always been regarded as an effective tool to enhance and stimulate students' learning. This elicitation method promotes memory, inquiry and acts as a stimulus for student talk, engagement and in-depth processing of complex concepts. It also influences the dynamics of classroom communication and serves as an important channel for the exchange of ideas between teachers and students. More importantly the act of asking a good question is cognitively demanding as it requires considerable pedagogical content knowledge and it necessitates that teachers know their learners' well. However, limited research has been conducted to investigate the types of questions that are posed by teachers in the ESL classroom. Taking up this point, this paper explores the questioning approaches of four teachers from selected urban and rural Malaysian primary schools. All lessons, approximating thirty minutes to one hour long, were audio taped and were later transcribed, coded and enriched with further information collected through classroom observation. The findings revealed that the majority type of questions employed were display questions. These findings are important as they provide an awareness of the questioning techniques adopted in the classroom and the significant effects on students' language learning. To conclude, the paper will discuss the implications of the findings and suggest some pedagogical considerations for instructional practice within an ESL context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-326
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Learning
Volume18
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Classroom discourse analysis
  • ESL
  • Primary school
  • Questioning approaches
  • Teachers

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Teachers' questioning approaches in the malaysian ESL classroom. / Mohd Noor, Noorizah; Aman, Idris; Mustaffa, Rosniah.

In: International Journal of Learning, Vol. 18, No. 7, 2012, p. 313-326.

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