What do the Students Want? An Investigation of Student Preferences in their EFL Learning

By Marietta Rossetto, Yuan Jiali and Xin Qi.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This study investigated students’ preferences in their EFL learning at the School of Foreign Languages, at a University in China. The study was the first of its kind conducted at this univeristy, with previous evaluations having always been exclusively informed by teacher evaluation and input. One of the main objectives of the inquiry was to gather the views of 99 EFL students, with the aim of incorporating their evaluation comments in any future planning conducted in relation to the creation of more effective learning environments. This was a deliberate attempt to increase student participation in the process of improving academic outcomes ( Hayes, Mills, Christie, Lingaard, 2006). The student responses have provided important information with respect to their views on the importance of learning English, their reflections on course content and their comments on the modes of delivery of the essential macroskills in large classes as well as other perceived methodological issues. This study of the student voice on EFL study-related matters was deemed an essential endeavour in the pursuit of the goal of implementing effective pedagogies for teaching in oversized classrooms in Hebei University, China. The data analysis has uncovered many implications for Chinese education through the suggestions for future pathways offered by the respondents. In addition, the outcomes have also greatly assisted in identifying where further research is needed.

Keywords: Learning Needs, Learning Preferences, Effective Pedagogies, EFL Studies, Student Voice

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.345-354. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.263MB).

Dr. Marietta Rossetto

Topic Coordinator - Languages, School of Education, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Marietta Rossetto is a staff member of the School of Education, Flinders University, South Australia, working with students studying at the undergraduate or graduate level towards a Bachelor of Education, and with postgraduate students in Masters, Doctorate of Education (Thai Program), and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. In the broadest sense her interests are in Intercultural Education and Humanistic Sociology. Her research interests also span prospective teachers’ dispositions towards teaching and their developing identities as pedagogues; language learning strategies such as the key word method (KWM) and the potential role of popular culture in meaning making through visual modalities.

Yuan Jiali

English Teacher, College English Department, School of Foreign Languages, Hebei University of Science and Technology, Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China

Professor Yuan Jiali has been a teacher of English at Hebei University of Science and Technology for more than twenty years, teaching non-English major students. Her research interests are centred on student well being, quality teaching and best practice and second language acquisition.

Xin Qi

English teacher, College English Department, Hebei University of Science and Technology, Shijiazhuang, Hebei Prov, China

Xin Qi has been a teacher of English at Hebei University of Science and Technology for more than ten years and teaches non-English major students. She is interested in research related to pedagogical best practice with a particular focus on student needs and interactive classroom teaching.

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