Student expectations of TESOL programs: Student and teacher perspectives

Bordia, S., Wales, M. L., Pittam, J. F. and Gallois, C. (2006) Student expectations of TESOL programs: Student and teacher perspectives. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 29 1: 1-19.

Author Bordia, S.
Wales, M. L.
Pittam, J. F.
Gallois, C.
Title Student expectations of TESOL programs: Student and teacher perspectives
Journal name Australian Review of Applied Linguistics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1833-7139
Publication date 2006
Volume 29
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Editor R. Sussex
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Monash University ePress
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
380201 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
751001 Languages and literature
Abstract Most practitioners teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) will agree that students come with some expectations about course content and teaching methodology and that these expectations play a vital role in student motivation and learning. However, the study of student expectations has been a surprising omission from Second Language Acquisition research. In the studies reported here, the authors develop a model of student expectations by adapting the Expectation Disconfirmation paradigm, widely used in consumer psychology. Student and teacher perspectives on student expectations were gathered by interviews. Responses shed light on the nature of expectations, factors causing expectations and effects of expectation fulfilment (or lack of it). The findings provide new avenues for research on affective factors as well as clarify some ambiguities in motivational research in second language acquisition. The model presented here can be used by teachers or institutions to conduct classroom-based research, thus optimising students' learning and performance, and enhancing student morale.
Q-Index Code C1

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