Rethinking EFL Teachers’ Roles from Learners’ Academic Reading Difficulties and Needs

By Ming-yueh Shen and Che-cheng Lin.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This study investigates the EFL teachers’ roles in EAP course by diagnosing the learners’ academic reading difficulties and needs, based on the responses from 47 engineering majors and 59 English majors in a technology university. The analysis for each short essay question involves identifying, coding, and categorizing (Patton, 1990). Results reveal that the main problems highlighted by learners were content-matter constraints and vocabulary difficulty. Teacher facilitation is ranked as the most helpful factor that motivated the learners to learn, followed by teaching reading strategies. Accordingly, nine teachers’ roles were identified as: a diagnostician, a resource material, a facilitator, a controller/tutor/information provider, a curriculum and course planner, a mediator, an organizer, an assessor, and a supporter. These findings provide empirical support for the EFL teachers’ roles in helping learners to read. Pedagogical implications of the study are discussed.

Keywords: Teachers’ Roles, Academic Reading, Difficulties, Needs

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.135-146. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 727.332KB).

Dr. Ming-yueh Shen

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Huwei, Yunlin, Taiwan

Ming-Yueh Shen is currently an associate professor at the Department of Applied Foreign Languages of National Formosa University in Taiwan. Her research interests include developing reading/writing literacy for EFL learners, vocabulary acquisition, and reading strategies instruction.

Che-cheng Lin

Chief, Teaching and Research Section, Computer Center, National Cheng-chi University, Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

Che-cheng Lin is currently the chief of Teaching and Research Section at the computer center of National Cheng-chi University. His research interest includes knowledge management, information education, and electronic commerce.

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